May 18, 2008
Iowa City, Iowa-Winning its first NCAA Regional Title in 14 years, the second-seeded Missouri softball team (47-15) held off three seed Iowa (42-20), 5-4, on its home field at Bob Pearl Stadium. With the win, the Tigers will advance to the programs first-ever NCAA Super Regional Tournament and take on No. 3 seed Alabama, Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 at the Alabama Softball Complex in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Junior Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) made her second start and third appearance of the NCAA Regional Tournament and was credited with the win, her 20th of the season. Throwing her 18th complete game of the year, Delaney finished the NCAA Regional with two of the Tigers three wins and a save, her second of the campaign. Delaney managed five strike outs on the day.
Second baseman Andee Allen (Barnhart, Mo.) was credited with the game-winning seventh inning single to centerfield, driving in teammate Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) on a bases loaded 1-2 pitch.
Missouri took its first lead of the tournament, scoring three runs on one hit and one Hawkeye error in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff batter Taylor hit a full count single up the middle to reach base and slid into second for stolen base No. 56. Outfielder Julie Silver's (Chesterfield, Mo.) strike out swinging brought up senior power-hitter Amanda Renth (Mascoutah, Ill.). Hawkeye ace Brittany Weil, a right-handed pitcher, threw seven straight balls in nine pitches, awarding Renth and junior Lindsey Ubrun (Riverside, Calif.) base on balls. Pinch runner Michaele Vock (Morrison, Ill.) entered the game to run for Renth. With the bases loaded, Allen ripped a first pitch single to shortstop, driving in Taylor for Missouri's first run of the game. Designated player Jen Bruck (St. Peters, Mo.) fouled out to third baseman Summer Downs and eight hole hitter Abby Vock (Morrison, Ill.) hit a routine pop ball to Downs, who dropped the ball allowing Michaele Vock and Ubrun to score from third and second, respectively.
The Hawkeye offense cut into Missouri's lead, scoring one run on catcher Emily Nichols' standup double to center field. Iowa centerfielder Quinn Morelock reached base earlier in the inning on a one out single up the middle and scored from first on Nichols' hit.
Returning to the top of the lineup second baseman Chelsey Carmody hit her first career home run, a two out, three run knock, over the right field fence to put Iowa on top, 4-3.
Not a team to go down quietly, the Tigers rallied in the bottom of the seventh, with pinch hitter Meredith Nash (Peculiar, Mo.) reaching base on a walk. Freshman Shana White (Columbia, Mo.) pinch ran for Nash and stole second, improving to 12-of-14 on the season. Cycling back to the top of the order, Taylor singled back to Weil to reach first and Silver offered up a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed White to score and tie the game at four. Weil intentionally walked back-to-back Tiger batters, Renth and Ubrun, and allowed pinch runner Gina Schneider (Liberty, Mo.), who came in to run for Renth, to safely steal second. For the second time of the game, Allen was brought to the plate in a bases loaded situation, powering a single to the wall in center field that allowed Taylor to score the game-winning run.