Tigers battle Sooners in elimination game

It’s now or never for the Missouri softball team.

The Tigers will try to keep their season alive in the College World Series at 1:30 p.m. (ESPN) today against Oklahoma. The loser goes home, the winner lives to see another game.

If Missouri loses it would be the third straight season it would leave Oklahoma City winless.

Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine said following the loss to Florida said he feels like he’s at a loss.

“I don’t know what to do,” Earleywine said. “Even if it’s wrong, I usually have a plan. I don’t have one.”

The Tigers entered this season’s World Series more confident than in the past as they had All-American Chelsea Thomas on the mound. But Florida knocked around the sophomore for six runs, including a pair of home runs in the 6-2 loss.

Florida ended Missouri’s season last year with a 5-0 win in the second game of the Series.

“I feel like we were all comfortable coming into the game,” Thomas said. “They had a couple hits in the very beginning and we had an error; just some things we aren’t usually faced with. We don’t make those types of errors. It was abnormal for our team to play like that.”

Oklahoma lost its opener 3-1 to Arizona State Thursday night.

Missouri swept Oklahoma in April with a pair of extra inning victories.

The winner plays at 8:30 p.m.

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