Washington scored a run in both the seventh and eighth innings and rallied from down, 1-0, to defeat sixth-seeded Mizzou, 2-1, Thursday night (May 23) in game one of the NCAA Columbia Super Regional.
Mizzou carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning after scoring a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI infield single from Kelsea Roth, but Washington used a game-tying RBI single through the left side to tie the game and then an RBI double in the eighth off the bat of Victoria Hayward to complete the comeback.
Mizzou starter Chelsea Thomas (24-5) took a shutout into the bottom of the sixth inning, but was tagged with the loss after UW's late-inning heroics.
She went 8.0 innings, scattering just five hits with seven strikeouts but was charged with a pair of earned runs.
Mizzou's defense broke down late despite several great plays in the early stages of the game.
Princess Krebs had a fielding error in the seventh inning that helped UW get the run, and Roth was charged with a throwing error in the eighth inning which allowed the winning run to reach second base.
Mizzou will now need to win two games on Friday, May 24, to earn a spot at the Women's College World Series. Game two is scheduled for 5 p.m. at University Field, and will air nationally on ESPNU.
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