It was a grind, but Mizzou Softball indeed took down Kansas, 5-3, to lead off the second day of action at the Columbia Regional. A Kelsea Roth double scored two to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth, and Tori Finucane continued to grind. After some shaky early innings, she didn't give up a run in the final four, and Mizzou advanced. With freshman pitcher Paige Lowary felled by a stomach bug -- they're hopeful she can pitch today, but it's touch-and-go -- losing to Kansas and having to win three more to win the regional would have been awfully difficult.
So assuming the rain indeed lets up again at some point, Mizzou must now take one more from Kansas. Indiana State upset Louisville in Game 4, then KU took ISU down, 2-0, in the nightcap. Kansas must beat Mizzou twice today to advance, and Mizzou must win only once.
12:00 p.m. CT: Kansas vs. Mizzou (SEC+)
2:30 p.m. CT: Kansas vs. Mizzou (SEC+) (if necessary)
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Mizzou Baseball started SEC play 10-5 and finished 5-10. A 9-2 loss to Kentucky yesterday meant a loss in a key series, and it meant a .500 record in conference play and a No. 7 seed in the upcoming SEC Baseball tournament.
This has become one of those "exceeding expectations in the most frustrating possible way" situations we used to joke about with Mizzou Football. Nobody expected the baseball team to get anywhere close to .500 in SEC play or flirt with an NCAA tournament berth, but they pulled off both. But after getting hyped as a potential No. 1 seed, the Tigers fell apart. They'll face No. 10 seed South Carolina in Hoover on Tuesday. Mizzou took two of three from the 'Cocks in March, but a lot has changed since then. Carolina isn't smoking hot but has at least won five of the last eight and took one game from LSU this weekend. Mizzou, meanwhile, has lost seven of eight and 12 of 15.
SHE'S GOT IT! Jill Rushin with another #SECTF TITLE in the shot put! @Jilly_Russia #tigertough #sectf pic.twitter.com/KRtrpFeThY— MIZZOU Track & Field (@MIZ_TrackField) May 17, 2015
The Tigers closed the SEC Championships in a fashion similar to its start, placing three onto the podium, including an SEC Champion with senior Jill Rushin, and resetting yet another Mizzou school record mark. Overall, the Tigers close the three-day SEC Championship meet in Starkville, Miss., with two SEC Champions, six All-SEC finishers, two Mizzou school records, four All-Time Top Ten marks, and 11 personal records (PR's). [...]
Jill Rushin and Kearsten Peoples bounced back from a tough discus competition on Friday to earn two spots on the podium for the shot put. Despite having two weather delays in the midst of their competition, the duo was able to maintain composure and Rushin claimed her second consecutive SEC Outdoor Title in the shot put while Peoples placed third. [...]
Peoples had already earned herself an SEC Title for the weekend after she opened up the competition for the Tigers on Thursday with a first-place finish in the hammer throw.
Only one Mizzou event on the docket today (with a second if necessary), but it's a huge one. Go #TeamStubble.