May 24, 2008
Tuscaloosa, Ala.- The Missouri softball team saw its 2008 campaign come to a close after dropping game two of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., NCAA Super Regional, 7-1, to third-ranked Alabama, at the Alabama Softball Complex. With the loss, Missouri falls to 47-17 on the season, while Alabama, 56-6, advances to its third Women's College World Series tournament.
Senior Jen Bruck (St. Peters, Mo.) made her final start in the circle in Missouri's loss to the Tide. In her 114th career start, Bruck threw four innings and allowed the Tide seven runs on five hits, including a third inning grand slam. Bruck ended her career at 17-10 on the season and 77-47 overall. Bruck's 77 wins puts her in fifth place in the Missouri career wins record book. In addition, Bruck's 720.1 innings of action and 519 strike outs is good enough for sixth-best in the Missouri career innings pitched and strike out record book.
The Tigers out-hit the Tide, 9-5, scattering singles in the afternoon game. Junior Andee Allen (Barnhart, Mo.) scored Missouri's sole run of the contest. Reaching base on a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, Allen advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on freshman pinch hitter Marla Schweisberger's (Rayton, Mo.) knock to right center. Schweisberger is credited with both of Missouri's RBI in the two-game series. Right fielder Shana White (Columbia, Mo.) reentered the game to run at first and pinch hitter Kathryn Poet (Tujunga, Calif.) came up with a single up the middle. Returning to the top of the order, freshman Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) came up with her second single of the tournament loading the bases for leftfielder Julie Silver (Chesterfield, Mo.). Silver sent a ball deep to the outfield, forcing centerfielder Brittany Rogers to back-pedal to the wall, where it was caught for the final out of the tournament.
Senior Amanda Renth (Mascoutah, Ill.) made her 222nd and final start at first base, recording 10 of the day's putouts. 1-for-3 at the plate, Renth powered a hard hit single to left center to reach base in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Michaele Vock (Morrison, Ill.) entered the game as a pinch runner, but was picked off for the third out of the inning.
Right-handed hurler Stacy Delaney (Freeland, Mich.) made her second appearance at the Tuscaloosa, Ala., Super Regional Tournament, entering the game in relief in the fifth. Facing 10 batters, Delaney forced four ground outs and three flyouts.
NOTES: 2008 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga.) finished her inaugural campaign with the Tigers at the top of four Missouri single season record books. Taylor owns the mark for runs scored (64), hits (86), at bats (218) and stolen bases (57).
Freshman Rhea Taylor finished the season with a .402 average. Taylor's mark is good enough for third best in program history and the best the Tigers have seen in seven years.
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