May 9, 2009
Oklahoma City, Okla. - The 14th-ranked Missouri softball team (44-9) won its second game of the 14th annual Big 12 Championships, 1-0, over third-seeded Baylor (37-20) to advance to its fourth Big 12 title game in program history and first since 2005. The Tigers will face the winner of the Oklahoma, Texas game in a battle for the Big 12 title, Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. (CT), airing live on the Fox Sports Network.
A pitcher's duel through six innings, senior second baseman Andee Allen (Barnhart, Mo.) knocked a sixth inning, one out, first pitch triple to right center for Missouri's third hit of the game. After senior Lindsey Ubrun (Riverside, Calif.), hitting in the three hole, struck out looking, sophomore All-Big 12 First Team member Marla Schweisberger (Raytown, Mo.) came up with the game-winning single through the right side, driving in Allen for the go-ahead run.
Missouri was held to only four hits, while Tiger pitchers Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) and freshman Kristin Nottelmann (Fenton, Mo.) combined for the squad's 22nd shutout of the year, while allowing just three hits. Delaney, a right handed pitcher, earned her 21st start of the season and improved to 14-4 on the year. After throwing six innings, Delaney was relieved by designated player Nottelmann in the circle. The freshman threw the final inning and struck out two of the three batters she faced.
Missouri's four person pitching staff has combined for a 1.33 ERA and has held opponents to a .194 average.
Seeded second entering the tournament, this marks the first time since 2007 that the No. 2 seed has advanced to the title game. In 2007, Oklahoma, then No. 2, defeated No. 8 seed Texas Tech, 6-3 for the league title.