Missouri doesn’t anticipate a nervous wait until the 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament field is announced at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.
The Tigers, 29-26, haven’t played to the standard set by the program during the last decade.
Those 29 wins are the fewest in the regular season during the decade-long Ehren Earleywine era, but with an RPI of 32 entering the week and nine top-25 wins on the résumé they expect to be in the 64-team field.
Mizzou’s run of eight straight seasons as a regional host will end this season, but it’s still reasonable to expect a No. 3 seed at worst for the tourney despite a first-round exit Wednesday night in the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament.
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Senior Natalie Fleming’s two-run single in the fourth inning helped the No. 11 seed Tigers erase an early 2-0 deficit against LSU, which broke the game open in the bottom of the inning with a grand slam.
Freshman Cayla Kessinger, freshman Braxton Burnside and senior Kirsten Mack each delivered seventh-inning RBIs, but Mizzou’s desperation rally fell short in a 6-5 loss.
Now, the waiting begins.