May 18, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 15-seed Mizzou Softball team suffered two setbacks to Nebraska Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Columbia Regional at University Field to drop the Tigers from the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The Huskers (44-16) hit seven home runs on the day to down the Tigers (43-18), 11-4, in game one to force a winner-take-all game two, which Nebraska took 8-1.
Columbia Regional Game 7 - Nebraska 9, Mizzou 1
For the second game in a row, Nebraska’s Hailey Decker blasted a two-run home run in the first inning as the Huskers took a 2-0 edge in the top of the first. The bomb was the first of four on the day by Decker, who entered the day with 10 on the season.
After the home run, Tiger P/OF/1B Casey Stangel sat down 10 Huskers in a row before Nebraska struck again in the top of the fourth with three runs. A walk and an error put two Cornhuskers on for Kiki Stokes, who hit a three-run home run to right center for a 5-0 Nebraska advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth, Mizzou cut its deficit to 5-1 after junior 1B Kelsea Roth rocked a home run to center field. The blast was the eighth of the season for Roth, with is tied for the team lead. Later in the inning, the Tigers had runners on first and second following singles by sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane and redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois. Junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo stepped in and crushed a ball to deep right field but the Husker right fielder stuck up a glove and managed to snag the catch to end the scoring threat.
The Huskers added three runs in the top of the seventh on Decker’s fourth homer of the day and a RBI double from Taylor Edwards.
Game 6 - Nebraska 11, Mizzou 4
Nebraska hit four home runs in an 11-4 win over Mizzou Sunday afternoon to force the second and deciding game.
The Huskers jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage thanks to a two-run home run from Decker in the bottom of the first. The home run knocked in Alicia Armstong after Armstrong led the inning off with a single up the middle.
In the top of the second, Mizzou manufactured a run to cut the Nebraska lead to 2-1. Junior IF Corrin Genovese hit a single to center to open the inning, then advanced to third on a stolen base and errant throw when the Huskers failed to cover second base. Senior OF Mackenzie Sykes lofted a sacrifice fly to left that easily scored Genovese from third for Mizzou’s first run.
Randazzo gave the Tigers a 3-2 edge with a two-RBI double in the top of the third. Gadbois started the rally with a one-out single before Crane reached on an error. Redshirt sophomore SS/C Sami Fagan then struck out but the runners advanced to second and third on a dropped third strike, setting the stage for Randazzo’s two-out, two-RBI double.
Nebraska’s Decker struck again in the bottom of the third with her second two-run home run of the game, putting the Huskers back on top, 4-3. NU added five more runs in the frame after a walk with the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly to right field and a three-run home run by DP Austen Urness for a 9-3 Nebraska advantage.
After Taylor Edwards hit a home run to left for an eight-run Nebraska lead, the Tigers staved off the defeat with a run in the top of the fifth. In the inning, singles from Crane and Fagan put runners on first and second for Randazzo, who doubled in Crane for an 11-4 Nebraska lead.
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