Tigers Outlast Sooners in Marathon Victory
COLUMBIA - It took a second day of extra innings for the No. 9 ranked Missouri Tigers to beat the No. 14 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 1-0 in 11 innings Sunday. Third basemen Nicole Hudson hit a liner up the middle to score Saturday's hero Abbey Vock from second base. The win gave the Tigers their first sweep of Oklahoma since 2006.
Missouri extended their home winning streak to 32 games, which is a nation best, and their overall record 35-5 on the season. The Tigers, 9-1 in the conference, are only one game behind the Texas Longhorns who are undefeated in the conference, 9-0, and 37-4 overall.
After pitching all nine innings of Saturday's game, sophomore standout Chelsea Thomas pitched another complete game, going all 11 innings, striking out 17, while throwing 163 pitches. Every Oklahoma hitter had at least one strikeout against Thomas.
With one out in the 11th, Vock knocked a single to the right side, then proceeded to steal second base. With two outs in the inning, Hudson lined a single up the middle, and Vock made a sensational slide to avoid the tag from the Oklahoma catcher, giving the Tigers the victory.
Oklahoma pitcher, Keilani Ricketts pitched a magnificent game, but ended up coming up short, pitching 10.2 innings and striking out 13 Tigers, while stranding 13 runners on base.
Missouri hits the road for four games this week, starting with a doubleheader on Wednesday at Saint Louis at 3 p.m. CT.