May 16, 2008
IOWA CITY, IA – Missouri junior Lindsey Ubrun hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Iowa. The transfer from Maryland crushed a 2-1 pitch from Iowa ace Brittany Weil over the left field wall that sent much of the announced crowd of 1,278 to the exits.
With the Hawkeyes up 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Missouri (45-15) mounted a late-inning rally led by senior Amanda Renth. Renth was down to her last strike with two outs, but came through with a clutch, two-out single that scored both Amanda Vock and Rhea Taylor to tie the game at 2-2.
The Hawkeyes (40-19) struck first in the top of the second inning. Freshman Chelsey Carmody drove in her 16th RBI on the season with a single, scoring Quinn Morelock from second base. Morelock singled with two outs and moved to second base after Lindsey Digmann was hit by a pitch.
Weil dodged a jam in the bottom of the third inning. The speedy Taylor singled, then stole second base for her 54th steal on the year in 57 attempts with no out. The Garden Grove, CA, native was aided in the inning by some solid defense from her Hawkeye teammates, as she got Julie Silver to line out to right fielder Taylor Leichsenring and Renth to fly out to shortstop Erin Riemersma. Weil then induced a groundout from Ubrun to end the inning.
The Hawkeyes added another run in the top of the sixth inning with some smart baserunning from Riemersma, who reached base on a single. After Emily Nichols flied out, Riemersma stole second base. Morelock then dribbled what seemed like a routine grounder to Missouri second baseman Andee Allen, but Allen couldn’t handle it, and the attentive Riemersma hustled around third base to score from second.
Both teams had their offensive chances all game long. Each collected eight hits, but also left many players on-base. The Hawkeyes stranded nine runners, while the Tigers stranded eight.
Missouri starter Stacy Delaney (19-3) was the victor, pitching a complete-game giving up two runs (one earned) and eight hits, while striking out two.
Despite a solid effort, Weil was the losing pitcher. The junior gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings to go along with five strikeouts to drop her record to 26-13 on the year.
With the win, Missouri advances to play 14th overall seed Long Beach State Saturday in the regional semi-final. Game-time is set for noon (CDT) at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes move on to the losers bracket and will face Creighton Saturday at approximately 2:30 p.m. (CDT).
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WP: Stacy Delaney (19-3)LP: Brittany Weil (26-13)
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