Missouri Softball Loses to Arizona Wildcats in NCAA Regional

In a season with so much potential, it came to a disappointing end as the Missouri Tigers were closed out by the Arizona Wildcats for the second day in a row. Much like the bittersweet end of last year, I’m writing this summary with tears in my eyes, because it’s so sad it’s going to go like this. On one court, Miso’s season is over. On one last floor that couldn’t make a gap, it was done. In the blink of an eye the end.

“I know everyone gets disappointed when a loss means one team in the country ends up with a win, and we had very high expectations,” Mizzou coach Larissa Anderson said post-match. “And you always want to iterate and go further than you did before. But I can’t tell you how hard it has been to work to get to that point. I mean, we’re one of 32 teams left in the country, out of 300 D1 softball programs. It wasn’t easy to do. Really hard to win.”

I wanted so much for this team. We all did. they deserve it. For Cassidy Chaumont, playing with one arm. If she had had a red shirt, she would have been on the sidelines this season. For Hattie Moore, whose horrific car accident in September left her wondering if she could keep playing. She couldn’t put on a helmet and start thinking about playing the game she loved until January. As for Kim Wert, who totally broke her body and refused the doctor until the season ended (she said “I didn’t want to know what was going on”). For the elderly, most returned on another trip, hoping to get there. For this staff he has been playing the best ERA team since 2014, which was really good and did everything possible to help their team win. And for this whole team, who tried their hardest to keep moving forward but couldn’t. Nobody can say they don’t want to. I saw the looks in their eyes. I saw tears running down their faces when it was over.

When they would have moved on in an age where (wild gestures) Everyone Transfers, they remained with this team. Through the sanctions that were issued because of the events that took place before their arrival in Colombia. through covid. Through it all, they kept playing for him This is amazing Team V This is amazing University. Nowadays, that means something.

“You look at college athletics nowadays and the transfer portal where there are 1,000 softball players there now. Our kids are staying home, and I think everyone across the country wants to know how to get to that point,” the coach said.

“I am so grateful for our great class. They have been so committed, dedicated and loyal to this program and really set the standards and set very high standards and left a lasting legacy. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Anderson said.

“We didn’t get the offensive production today, but they put in their effort, their focus, their loyalty and their hard work, and you can’t replace that.” I continued. “Losing hurts but their commitment to this program and Miso, you can’t replace that and there is no score on the scoreboard that can tell you their commitment to this game.”

As for teams that pride themselves on attacking, neither team has done much of it in this game (or in their previous meeting yesterday, for that matter), as Arizona, in their win, only managed 4 hits and two walks from Jordan Webber, a Missouri player, To go along with the 2 who arrived when there were errors – one of those calls was inaccurate – and one hit after another. Stranded by eight people, none of these pedestal runners came to score. Aside from the solo shot by Cherez Palacios in fifth that eventually won the match, Joe was fantastic. It contained a crime very It’s hard to contain, so the flowers go to Jordan Webber, who finished the season with a career best 2.51 ERA and 12 full games, and (in particular) Kara Daly, who seemed to catch every pop-up, and there were plenty of them.

Mizzou had 8 base players themselves, who hit 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 player options, and made some hard contact today, for the first time really this weekend, but the Wildcat always seems to be there, which makes diving hunting or over-the-wall reach out of the bunker To catch a foul ball. No matter what the Tigers seemed to do, Arizona was there. For the most part, Missouri was also in its own right.

Kim Wert said post-game that she thought having an older squad might pressure the team a bit more. “We knew this might be our last match, so it’s always in the back of your mind,” she said. When asked what made her go through the series, knowing it was going to end, she said she prays a lot. and cried. “I cried a little, but I looked around and knew I had to do it.”

While Arizona’s pitching was questionable at the end of the regular season — they gave up 16 runs and 24 strikes in their final streak of the season to Stanford, after all — they really started this post-season with a renewed focus and have been fantastic. Hana Bowen has been amazing all weekend, and today’s star, Devin Nietz, was just as great.

“I definitely think it was their best show of the year,” coach Caitlyn Lowe said, referring to her staff and overall performance. “We’ve been trying to put those whole games together, those games where we put our hearts in the circle. We played great defense and got the big hit… It was massive. She (Devin) closed it for us again. Mizzou has some great hitters and props. Only them because they have a hell of a season.”

Listening to Lowe’s talk about Devin Nitze in the post-game, it reminded me vividly of how Coach Anderson talked about Jordan Webber and Lauren Krings.

When asked about her decision to start Netz on Hanah Bowen, who is already a hit in the area, she said, “I know they want the ball, and that makes my decision easier. I know from past experience that Devin will go to people and give you all she has. You know that Bow ( Bowen) is always available, but at the same time, when I look at Devin’s numbers and see that fire in her eyes, I know she wants the ball.”

Arizona will now move on to face Mississippi State in the Super Regionals after it ended abruptly in the rejection. 2 Florida State seeded season overall in Tallahassee, but the Tigers will remain in Como. Their season is over.

A lot will be done about this team’s inability to make an offense out of the SEC Championship, without mentioning the factors behind it, so believe me when I say this – I don’t care if people think it’s unacceptable for it to end this way. I don’t care if people think that just because the team (mainly) stays the same, it automatically means they’re going to play in WCWS and anything less, whether it’s losing next week to a great team in the Supers, or losing today to historic blue blood, is something they should be ashamed of. from him. Larissa is not going anywhere; Michaela is not going anywhere; Sarah is not going anywhere. I was there all season and I saw him play. This team, this culture, is going to win and keep winning for a long time.

When expectations and pressure to perform are that strong, things won’t always go the way everyone wants them to. Just look at Alabama, who sat in no. 2 nationally for most of the season before eventually fading out and losing to Stanford twice (6-0) in the host region. Their season is over, too. As in Florida. So thank the elderly for their blood, sweat, and tears, because saying you can’t wait to get away from them is downright unacceptable.

Although this quote actually came from the other team, it perfectly explains my point. Arizona, as I explain in my preview, has had its own roller coaster season, not unlike ours. While the Missouri came perilously close to regressing from a cliff in March, theirs came much later, keeping them almost completely out of the post-season.

“It doesn’t really matter what other people think,” Coach Lowe said. “We put in work every day and I’ve watched them do it and go through some hardships along the way. But at the end of the day, they let that make them stronger and I haven’t seen them any closer than they are today.”

What an honor to cover this team this season. I’ll get more softball coverage in the coming weeks, but I think I need a little break. I’ve been writing a lot and I’m really tired, guys.

Thank you so much for coming on the ride, and until then, MIZ.

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