Stanford 3, Missouri 2
Stanford 3, Missouri 2May 22, 2005
Columbia, Mo. - The 16th-ranked Missouri softball (44-15) team suffered a 3-2 loss to sixth-seeded and fourth-ranked Stanford (43-14) today at the NCAA Regional tournament at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The loss wraps up a stellar season in which the Tigers tallied their 10th season with over 40 wins, crushed a program-high 82 home runs and made their 10th NCAA Regional Softball tournament appearance.
A bittersweet day for one MU player, redshirt freshman Micaela Minner (Sanger, Texas) landed herself atop the Missouri season home run record book with her first inning, two-out crush over the centerfield fence. Giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead, it was Miner's 17th yardball of the campaign and 55th RBI. Minner tied Mary Babb's eight-year old record of 16 homers in a season yesterday against Robert Morris and in only one season of work, moved to fifth alongside Karen Persinger, (1993-96) on the MU career home run record book with today's knock.
Senior ace Erin Kalka (Chandler, Okla.) opened strong in the circle for MU, striking out the first Stanford batter and forcing groundouts on the next two plays. In both the second and third innings, Kalka made diving saves to keep two Cardinal runners from scoring, but in 2.2 innings of work, she gave up three runs on four hits and was relieved by sophomore lefty Erica Peterson (Irving, Texas) late in the third. Making her 52nd appearance of the season, Peterson held the Cardinal to only three hits, striking out five for a team-high 177 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.89.
"I am very proud of our team," Head Coach Ty Singleton said. "Stanford did a nice job today. I felt like we played well. It's hard to be disappointed. I was disappointed with the loss, but I have a great sense of accomplishment with this team and wit how they have grown and how they've improved."
Stanford scored three runs in the top of the third frame to take the one-run win. With two runners on base, cleanup hitter Leah Nelson came through with a two-out launch over the centerfield fence to give the Cardinal the upper-hand. The win sends Stanford to a NCAA Super Regional tournament where the Cardinal will take on 11th-ranked Tennessee beginning next Saturday, May 28, at a site still to be determined.