Lisa Simmons' run in the fifth was the difference maker for the Tigers
May 29, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - In the first-ever NCAA Super Regional held in Columbia, Mo., the ninth-seeded Missouri Tigers edged out a 1-0 victory in a pitcher's duel between Mizzou's Kristin Nottelmann and Oregon's Jessica Moore.
Missouri is now 50-11 on the season, matching last year's record-setting win total. The Ducks fall to 36-20 with the loss.
Nottelmann threw her third straight complete game, all coming in regional play, and improved to 23-7 on the season after throwing a complete game shutout to open the best-of-three series. Nottelmann's NCAA Tournament ERA currently stands 0.75 in 24.0 innings pitched. The righty scattered six hits and two walks while striking out three.
Moore was equally impressive, going all six innings, allowing just one unearned run and four hits while striking out five and walking none.
The first major threat of the game came in the Oregon half of the second inning. Kelsey Chambers led off the frame with a single into left field, and she would move over to second on a sacrifice bunt from Monique Fuiava. Kaylan Howard reached on a fielding error, and Carlyn Re hit a single that deflected off Nicole Hudson at third, loading the bases with just one out. However, Nottelmann was able to get a line out to third and a fielder's choice ground out to short to end the threat and keep the game scoreless.
Still scoreless through four, the Ducks put together another golden opportunity in the top of the fifth. Kaitlin Vitek led off with a single into left, and was pinch-ran for by Blair Williamson. Ashley Kivett followed with a double into the left-center field gap, advancing Williamson over to third to put two in scoring position with nobody out. However, just as she did in the second, Nottelmann buckled down and got out of the jam. A fly out to left secured the first out, setting up a big strikeout on Neena Bryant to make it two outs. After an intentional walk to Sam Pappas loaded the bases, Nottelmann got Chambers to ground into a fielder's choice to keep the Ducks off the scoreboard.
The Tigers finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth, getting an unearned run with two outs. After Marla Schweisberger and Megan Christopher were put out to start the inning, junior Lisa Simmons reached on a chopper back up the middle and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gina Schneider then came up and hit a slow roller to third. Schneider beat the throw at first, which got away from the first baseman, allowing Simmons to come around and score. Schneider was thrown out trying to advance to second, but not before Simmons' unearned run made it 1-0.
The score would stay at 1-0 into the seventh inning, where the Ducks would be down to their last three outs. Nottelmann would get Kivett to ground out to start the inning, followed by a strikeout on leadoff hitter Allie Burger. The final out came on a fly out to center field, securing the 1-0 for the Tigers and putting them in the driver's seat going into tomorrow's action.
Missouri will look to advance to their second Women's College World Series in as many years tomorrow, beginning at Noon CT. The game will be televised on ESPN and available for stream online at ESPN3.com. Should the Ducks send it to a decisive game three, play will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
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