Mizzou softball beat Illinois State, will host Super Regional
May 20, 2012
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A win so nice, they celebrated twice.
Lindsey Muller (22) collects congratulations from teammates after hit a home run in the sixth inning, giving Missouri the 2-1 lead over Illinois State in the regional final.
Missouri catcher Jenna Marston really wanted to throw out Illinois State’s Caiti Kopp heading to second base. It would have been the third out and the regional tournament win for the Tigers.
She made the throw and seemed to have the out, but she knew. As Missouri celebrated, the home plate umpire interrupted the jubilation for an important announcement: Marston had interfered with the batter. No out and the batter was awarded first base.
But it was just a temporary setback for the Tigers and two batters later Chelsea Thomas struck out Lauren Kellar for the 2-1 win.
Thomas threw a complete game with 12 strike outs. Missouri had eight hits in the game, including a double by Corrin Geneovese in the fourth. She scored on a hit by Ashtin Stephens two batters later. Lindsey Muller scored Missouri’s second run with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Texas A&M lost its regional game today, giving Missouri the opportunity to host the Super Regional which beings on Friday, May 25. Missouri will play the best-of-three series against LSU, which won all three games in the College Station regional.