The Missouri softball team looked primed to force a decisive Game 3 vs. Michigan in the Ann Arbor Super Regional on Sunday, but the Wolverines rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and held on to beat the Tigers 5-4 and advance to the Women’s College World Series.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth inning, Wolverines catcher Aidan Falk hit a drive to the fence in right-center that would have been a home run if not for center fielder Taylor Gadbois.
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With momentum from that play, the Tigers got a three-run blast from Rylee Pierce in the bottom half of the frame to take a 4-1 lead.
But Missouri could not close it out, and it will miss joining LSU, Georgia and Alabama in the Women’s College World Series that starts Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Gadbois reached on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning and then stole second and third bases to put the tying run 60 feet away. But the Tigers were unable to get the break to get her in.
Michigan’s Kelly Christner scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on a wild pitch. The Wolverines scored their four runs in the seventh inning on five hits.