June 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Missouri Tigers saw their season come to a heartbreaking end early Sunday morning, as they fell to Baylor by a 1-0 final in 13 innings. Mizzou wraps up their season with a 53-10 record overall and won their first WCWS game in 20 years.
|W - Canion (31-11)||13.0||2||0||0||2||11|
|L - Thomas (32-8)||12.2||8||3||1||3||19|
|MU - Marston||5||0||1||0||0||0|
|MU - Simmons||4||0||1||0||0||0|
Chelsea Thomas threw an absolute gem for the Tigers, striking out 19 batters - the second most in a Women's College World Series game ever - while walking just three and scattering seven hits. She finishes her stellar redshirt sophomore campaign with a 32-8 record, tied for the most in a single season at Missouri. She also wrapped up the season with 397 strikeouts - a school record, and a 0.95 ERA, the best in all of Division I softball.
Holly Holl hit the walk off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to end the game in favor of the Baylor Bears, giving them the 1-0 edge. Holl connected on a Thomas' 192 pitch of the night on an 0-2 count to keep the Bears' season alive.
Neither team had much of an opportunity to score early on, as the expected pitcher's duel lived up to the hype. Jenna Marston singled in the first for the Tigers, but Canion got out of it with a fly out and ground out. Thomas set the first six Bears down in order - the last three on strikeout - before Canion delivered a base hit off the wall in left field to start the third. She slipped coming around first, limiting her to just a base hit. After getting a strikeout, Thomas walked Sydney Wilson to put two runners on, but a strikeout plus a caught stealing ended the threat.
The Bears tried to put together a two out rally in the bottom half of the fourth, getting a base hit chopper up the middle by Dani Leal with Holly Holl reaching on a catcher's interference after her. However, Thomas got out of it again with a ground out to second.
Missouri put together their first good opportunity of the evening in the top of the fifth. Maddison Ruggeberg took a leadoff walk, just her ninth base on balls on the year. Shana White came in to pinch run for Ruggeberg, and she moved up to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Princess Krebs. Lisa Simmons was then hit by pitch to put a pair of runners on, but Canion got Megan Christopher to fly out and pinch hitter Kathryn Poet to ground out, ending the threat.
Baylor put another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Canion picked up her second hit of the game, delivering a single up the middle with two outs. She'd move up to second on a passed ball, but Thomas got Clare Hosack to strike out and end the inning.
The Tigers didn't have a good opportunity again until the fifth, when Nicole Hudson reached on a throwing error and moved to second as the ball went into the dugout with two outs. Ashley Fleming was then intentionally walked, but Canion got Ruggeberg to pop out, ending the inning.
Thomas did something she had never done before in the bottom of the 11th inning, as she struck out four batters in the frame. She started the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, the second of which was ruled a wild pitch and allowed the runner to advance to first. Thomas then issued her third walk of the game to put two on with one out, but she worked out of it by getting the next two batters to strike out swinging.
Missouri put another running in scoring position in the top of the 13th after Simmons singled with one out. She swiped second base, but Canion got out of it again by getting a strike out and a line out.
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