May 29, 2011
Audio Highlights Courtesy of KTGR
Simmons' First Inning HR | Thomas K's Nine | Final Out
COLUMBIA, Mo. – With a 6-3 victory over the No. 12 Washington Huskies, the No. 5 Missouri Tigers have punched their ticket to the Women’s College World Series for the third straight season and sixth time in program history.
|W - Thomas (31-6)||7.0||10||3||2||2||9|
|L - Ingelsby (25-10)||7.0||4||6||5||5||4|
|MU - Simmons||3||1||1||2||0||1|
|MU - Hudson||4||1||1||1||0||0|
A wild top of the first inning saw the Tigers score five times on three hits to take a huge early advantage. Rhea Taylor led off the game by slapping the first pitch she saw into center field for a leadoff single, and then reached second by stealing her 43rd base of the season. Jenna Marston drew a walk ahead of Nicole Hudson’s base hit into right, driving in Taylor for the first run of the game. On the play, Hudson was hung up between first and second, but the first baseman threw the ball into center field as she tried to get Hudson at second base, allowing Marston to score the second run.
Hudson moved up to third on a wild pitch, and scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice. Marla Schweisberger hit a ground ball to shortstop Jenn Salling, who immediately went home with the throw, but Hudson was able to get under the tag to make it 3-0. Lisa Simmons then blasted her third home run of the season, sending a two-run shot over the wall in right-center field to extend Missouri’s lead to 5-0.
Taylor’s run in the first inning was the 234th of her career, tying her with Norrelle Dickson of Oklahoma for most career runs scored in the history of the Big 12 Conference.
The Huskies had an opportunity to chip away at the lead in the bottom half of the first, picking up two hits and drawing a walk off Chelsea Thomas to load the bases with just one out. After Thomas struck out the first batter, Niki Williams drew a single and Kimi Pohlman walked to put a pair of runners on. Kaitlin Inglesby then hit a base hit back up the middle that was knocked down by Marston, loading the bases but keeping the runner at second from scoring. Missouri got out of it, however, as Morgan Stuart hit a little chopper out in front of the plate that was fielded by Thomas and flipped to Megan Christopher to get the runner at the plate, with a groundout to shortstop ending the inning.
Missouri added another run in the top of the third with the aid of a two out error by the Washington left fielder, keeping the inning alive. After Fleming drew a walk, Simmons hit a fly ball into left field that got caught in the swirling winds and was dropped by Whitney Jones, allowing Simmons to move up to second and Fleming to third. Fleming would score the sixth run of the game on a passed ball, Washington’s second of the evening.
A leadoff double by Salling to start the bottom of the third put another Huskie in scoring position, but once again Thomas and the Tigers worked out of trouble. Back-to-back ground outs on first pitches accounted for the first two outs of the inning, while Salling moved up to third. Thomas then got Inglesby to fly out to right, ending the inning.
Washington was finally able to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three times to trim the Tiger advantage to 6-3. With one out, Salling and Williams each singled into center field to put a pair of Huskies aboard. A fielding error by Marston off the bat of Pohlman gave the Huskies their first run of the game while keeping two UW runners aboard. Inglesby then cleared the bases, roping a double to left field to bring in two. After an infield single put runners on the corners, Thomas worked out of the jam with two straight strikeouts.
That would be all the Huskies would get, however, as Thomas would continue to strand UW runners on base. After giving up a one out single in the bottom of the seventh, Thomas worked a strikeout and got the final hitter to ground into a fielder’s choice, sending the Tigers back to Oklahoma City.
Another University Field record was set on Sunday night, as 2,604 fans were in attendance to see Missouri move on. Almost 5,200 fans were in attendance for the two game series this weekend, as 2,595 were in the stands last night.
Missouri now moves on to face No. 4 Florida in the opening round of action. Play will begin at 8:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 2, and will air live on ESPN2. For more information about Missouri and the Women’s College World Series, stay tuned to mutigers.com.
Home Runs Blast No. 15 Mizzou Softball Past...
Two two-run home runs propelled No. 15 Missouri to a 6-3 win over Kansas on Saturday in the third...
Mizzou Advances Past Bradley in Exciting Extra-...
Junior IF Corrin Genovese concluded a 4-for-4 day with a game-winning single in the bottom of the...
Four from Mizzou Softball Earn All-Region Honors
Mizzou Softball saw four Tigers selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-Sout...
Mizzou Ready to Begin Regional on Friday vs....
Mizzou starts with Bradley on Friday (3 p.m.), with free, live coverage provided by the Mizzou...
Regional Action Covered by KTGR and Mizzou Network
Mizzou's Columbia Regional games during the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship will have ...
Mizzou Softball to Host NCAA Regional for Sixth...
The Mizzou softball team will serve as one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts this weekend, announced...
Finucane Named Top 10 Finalist for National...
Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the...
Errors Derail No. 14 Mizzou in Setback vs. No. ...
No. 14 Mizzou Softball (41-16) was unable to overcome early runs and defensive lapses vs. No. 25 ...
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP