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Mizzou softball rallies to win regional, advances to supers

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The University of Missouri softball team won a pair of wins on Saturday advancing to Sunday for the 2024 NCAA Columbia Regional Final at Mizzou Softball Stadium. This was the third regional final appearance under head coach Larissa Anderson. The Tigers opened Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Omaha before having to face Omaha again in Game 7.

The first win of the day propelled the Tigers to 1,500 program wins, only the 15th team in NCAA history to reach this mark.

Laurin Krings got the start in game one of the day going 5.0 IP, 1 H, and 3 K. The senior from Colorado got the start in game two as well. Through the first 11 batters faced, Krings recorded 7 strikeouts, amounting to 15 total K’s through 9 IP, a season high. Krings allowed no runs, giving her team the opportunity and leg to make it to the end.

Throughout the tournament, Krings started in all four of the Tigers victories. She came up 3-0 with a 0.56 earned run average. She struck out 24 batters throughout 25.0 IP, allowing only two earned runs

“Krings came up to me and said, ‘I am getting the ball again right?’ And I’m like ‘Ok, stubborn ox Krings wants the ball again, so I am going to give it to her,’” said head coach Larissa Anderson, on the decision to throw Krings in both games Sunday.

Sydney Nuismer started in the circle for the Mavericks, marking the first game the Tigers wouldn’t have to face Kamryn Meyer.

Just like the first game, the game started with strong defense, with both pitchers allowing no more than a total of 5 base runners combined through the first five innings. The bats for both teams stayed silent as the game headed into extra innings.

The pitching duel made its way into the bottom of the ninth when the Tigers started some commotion on the bases. Alex Honnold started the rally with a walk. One out later, Abby Hay comes and singles up the middle. Another out later. In a two-out, two-on situation, jersey number 2, Madison Walker gets herself in a two-strike situation. Seeing a pitch she could put into play, singles up the middle scoring the walk-off win for the Tigers in the ninth innings. The Columbia Regional is the first at-bats Walker has had since March.

“I think I was really good not letting the moment get to me,” said Madison Walker.

The Tigers advance to Super Regionals and are set to host Duke next week.

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