This. This is fantastic.
Missouri may have lost yesterday, but it wasn't because the Tigers were too tight.
But yes, they did lose.
(That's a creepy 'stache, coach.)
One batter before Mack’s home run, speedy slap-hitter Regan Nash led off the sixth with a ground ball to Michigan shortstop Abby Ramirez, who bobbled the ball before throwing to first. Replay showed Nash beat Ramirez’s throw, but first-base umpire Emerus Addison called her out. As Mack’s home run sailed out to left field, Earleywine pointed across the diamond at Addison and held up two fingers.
The blown call cost Missouri at least one run and maybe more. With two outs and runners on the corners, Emily Crane lined out to center field. Had there only been one out, Kolby Romaine might have been able to tag up and score from third base.
"Pretty big," Earleywine said, when asked about the importance of the blown call. "That’s not a two-out walk or a two-out single. That’s a leadoff single with a kid that can really run. I thought it was a difference maker. It’s unfortunate we don’t have instant replay in college softball."
Over the last six innings, Missouri was the better team, especially considering the blown call in the sixth. If nothing else, that should assure the Tigers that they can win two games today, even if the odds aren't spectacular.
Game 2 is today at 11am CT on ESPN. If necessary, Game 3 will follow on ESPNU.