Madison Walker’s single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a scoreless tie and secured a 1-0 victory for the No. 7 University of Missouri softball team (47-16) over Omaha in the 2024 NCAA Columbia Regional. This win completed the Tigers’ remarkable comeback, as they won four straight elimination games at Mizzou Softball Stadium to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2021.

In the second extra frame, Alex Honnold led off with a walk, advanced to second on an Abby Hay single, and reached third on a Julia Crenshaw groundout. Walker’s two-out single scored Honnold.

Laurin Krings pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering four hits over nine innings and striking out a season-high 15 batters. Krings played a pivotal role throughout the day, throwing a total of 16 innings with no runs and 18 strikeouts. Krings, a 2024 NFCA All-Region pitcher, led the Tigers throughout the Regional. The senior started all four of Mizzou’s victories, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.56 ERA. She struck out 24 batters over 25 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 15 hits and five walks.

In the first game on Sunday, the Tigers rallied to score five runs in the top of the seventh, overcoming a 1-0 deficit.

The Tigers became just the 11th team in NCAA history to advance out of their Regional after losing their first game, coming back from a 3-1 extra-inning loss to the Mavericks on Friday. The No. 7 seed Missouri team earned two wins on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s Regional Final. They defeated Indiana 5-1 and then No. 13/15 Washington 4-1.

The Tigers, now with a 47-16 record, will host No. 10 Duke in the Super Regionals. Game One is Friday at 1pm on ESPN2. Game Two is Saturday at noon and Game Three is TBD. The 10th-seeded Duke Blue Devils advanced to the Super Regional in Columbia after sweeping their region, culminating in a 10-1 win over South Carolina on Sunday.

Southeast Missouri State went 0-2 at the Fayetteville Regional losing 3-2 on Friday to host Arkansas and 4-1 on Saturday to Villanova. The Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Champion SEMO softball team closed the book on an outstanding 2024 season. SEMO had the 16th toughest non-conference schedule in the nation and went 16-6 in its final 22 games. The OVC Tournament title was the Redhawks seventh in program history and their NCAA Tournament appearance was third all-time.