The Missouri Softball team fell to the Oklahoma Lady Sooners on Sunday in a high anticipated, nationally televised rubber match in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners started, and finished, the day atop the Big 12 standings and are ranked 5th nationally. The Lady Tigers were ranked 10th nationally headed into the contest, sitting at 34-10 overall on the season.
Chelsea Thomas took the loss for the Tigers, who dropped to 11-7 in the Big 12 on the season. The Sooners jumped out to an early lead with a run in both the 1st and 2nd innings, with the Tigers responding with a run in the 3rd but failing to muster any offense there on out. The loss puts the team in need of a big series headed into Aimes, Iowa starting Friday.
The Lady Tigers find themselves in 4th place in the Big 12 headed into their weekend match up with the Cyclones, sitting a half game back from both Texas and Texas A&M. The Cyclones are currently last in the conference with a 2-11 record.
A series sweep, which is very possible and almost expected, would put the Tigers in position for a top 3 finish in the conference. Oklahoma and Texas still must face each other again this year in a 3 game series that could work to the Tigers benefit.