The No. 15-seeded Mizzou Softball team lost back to back to Nebraska Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Columbia Regional at University Field to drop the Tigers from the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The Huskers (44-16) hit seven home runs on the day to down the Tigers (43-18).
Game 6 – Nebraska 11, Mizzou 4
Nebraska hit four home runs in an 11-4 win over Mizzou Sunday afternoon to force the second and deciding game.
The Huskers jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage thanks to a two-run home run from Hailey Decker in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the second, Mizzou manufactured a run to cut the Nebraska lead to 2-1 and Angela Randazzo gave the Tigers a 3-2 edge with a two-RBI double in the top of the third.
Nebraska’s Decker struck again in the bottom of the third with her second two-run home run of the game, putting the Huskers back on top, 4-3. NU added five more runs in the frame after a walk with the bases loaded, a sacrifice fly to right field and a three-run home run by DP Austen Urness for a 9-3 Nebraska advantage.
After Taylor Edwards hit a home run to left for an eight-run Nebraska lead.
Game 7 – Nebraska 9, Mizzou 1
For the second game in a row, Nebraska’s Hailey Decker blasted a two-run home run in the first inning as the Huskers took a 2-0 edge in the top of the first. The bomb was the first of four on the day by Decker, who entered the day with ten for the season.
Nebraska struck again in the top of the fourth with three runs. A walk and an error put two Cornhuskers on for Kiki Stokes, who hit a three-run home run to right center for a 5-0 Nebraska advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth, Mizzou cut its deficit to 5-1 after Kelsea Roth homered to center field. The blast was the eighth of the season for Roth, with is tied for the team lead.
The Huskers added three runs in the top of the seventh on Decker’s fourth homer of the day and a RBI double from Taylor Edwards.