Missouri softball saw its season come crashing to an end Saturday night in Oregon at the hands of Illinois-Chicago.
The Tigers (29-28) fell to the Flames (39-21) by a 5-4 count in Eugene after their furious late-inning rally fell short.
It marked the first time Missouri has failed to win a postseason game since 2006 when it didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri came back from a 3-0 deficit on Saturday with a run in the sixth and 3 more in the top of the seventh to grab a 4-3 lead.
Senior Natalie Fleming came through with a pinch-hit RBI single to spark the seventh-inning rally for the Tigers.
Missouri freshmen Cayla Kessinger and Braxton Burnside also produced RBI hits in the final inning as the Tigers took the lead.
Illinois-Chicago bounced back with 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win, however, as pitcher Madi Norman (7-10) was unable to preserve the lead.
It was a disappointing end of the season for the Tigers, who nonetheless made their 11th straight NCAA regional appearance.
Missouri is traditionally one of the stronger teams in the postseason, now 29-8 in NCAA regional action under coach Ehren Earleywine.
Indeed, the Tigers reached the super regionals each of the past two seasons with identical 42-16 overall and 14-10 SEC records.
Missouri was looking to make its first Women’s College World Series appearance since 2011.