The Missouri softball team won its fifth regional title this weekend to advance to the Best-of-3 Super Regional, where they will host future SEC-foe LSU (Times and dates are yet to be determined) as they continue their quest for a fourth straight World Series.
Chelsey Thomas dominated on the hill, allowing just one run in three games (22 IP, 11 H, 28 K, 3 BB, 305 pitches (208 strikes)), leading the Tigers (46-12) to 6-0 and 2-1 wins over Illinois and a dramatic 1-0, 9-inning win over DePaul that featured a Ashley Fleming walk-off HR.
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Fleming now has 16 HR and 51 RBI on the year following a 5-for-11, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R weekend.
Thomas is the most decorated pitcher in school history. Last weekend in the season-finale series, Thomas pitched 19 1/3 scoreless innings over three games with Oklahoma State, giving up just five hits, all of them in the final game Sunday, while amassing 30 strikeouts. She broke a decades old record when she struck Kelsey Anchors to lead off the eighth inning of the nine-inning, extra-inning contest, her 894th strikeout of her career, making her the program’s new all-time strikeout leader. She did it in less than three seasons. She threw a no-hitter in the series opener, and earned the save on Saturday before earning another win and the record on Sunday.
Regional Softball Links
Mizzou 6, Illinois State 0
MUtigers.com: Offense Awakens as Mizzou Defeats Redbirds, 6-0
Mizzou Network: Tigers Take Game One of Regional
Mizzou Network: Highlight Reel: Mizzou vs. Illinois State
The Trib: Missouri beats Illinois State to advance in Columbia Regional
The Missourian: Missouri trounces ISU in regional opener
Post-Dispatch: Offense boosts Mizzou to NCAA softball win
PowerMizzou: Tigers cruise to easy win in opener
KBIA Sports Extra: Missouri beats Illinois State, one step closer to College World Series
Mizzou 1, DePaul 0 (9)
MUtigers.com: Fleming Lifts Tigers to Regional Title Game
Mizzou Network: Ashley Fleming’s Walk-Off Homer
Mizzou Network: Fleming on Her Walk-Off Homer
The Trib: Tigers advance to Columbia Regional championship with 1-0 win
The Missourian: Missouri advances to regional final
KC Star: Walk-off homer sends MU to NCAA regional title game
Post-Dispatch: Fleming’s homer puts Mizzou in NCAA regional final
KBIA Sports Extra: Tigers tame Demons with Fleming walk-off home run in extras
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Defeats ISU to Claim Fifth Straight Regional Title
Mizzou Network: Tigers Win CoMo Regional
Mizzou Network: Earleywine on Regional Victory
The Trib: Tigers edge Illinois State, will host LSU in Super Regional
The Missourian: Missouri survives late drama to advance to super regionals
KC Star: After a close call, MU softball wins Columbia regional
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou softball beats Illinois State, will host Super Regional