Missouri’s softball team will wait to see if it can face former player Paige Lowary and Oklahoma for a trip to the NCAA super regionals.
The Tigers' NCAA Tournament elimination game against Tulsa was suspended because of inclement weather in the fourth inning Saturday night. The game is tied at 5-5 and will resume at noon Sunday. If the Tigers win, they would face regional host Oklahoma, needing to win twice to advance to the best-of-three super regional round.
Earlier Saturday, Mizzou stayed alive by beating Boston University 10-8. Third baseman Amanda Sanchez hit a first-inning grand slam and Danielle Baumgartner threw 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one hit. Callie Martin's RBI single put Mizzou on top for good.
Baseball qualifies for SEC Tournament
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Missouri coach Steve Bieser found a way to buy his team more time to improve its NCAA Tournament resume.
Missouri beat Tennessee 8-3 on Saturday in a winner-take-all game for the final spot in the SEC Tournament behind an offensive outburst in the seventh inning. With the score tied 2-2, left fielder Zach Hanna hit a solo home run, infielder Matt Berler hit a two-run double and senior Trey Harris hit a three-run homer.
Missouri is the No. 12 seed in the SEC Tournament and will face No. 5 seed South Carolina in the first round at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. That game is single-elimination. If the Tigers win, the tournament becomes double-elimination until the semifinals.
A win or two could put the Tigers in their first NCAA Tournament since joining the SEC. Missouri’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2012.