MU misses out on SEC softball title

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Missouri women’s softball team played for the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in its first year in the league.

The title game didn’t go so well.

Missouri squandered a two-run lead and dropped a 10-4 decision to Florida on Saturday night.

After Tiger ace Chelsea Thomas left after two innings, having allowed two runs, the Gators turned on the offense. Florida scored a pair of runs in the second, third and fourth innings, tacked on a run in the fifth and added three more in the sixth.

Missouri went up 1-0 in the first on an RBI double from Nicole Hudson. Kelsea Roth blasted a solo home run in the top of the second to make it 2-0. It was all Florida from there.

Hudson had two hits for the Tigers.

Missouri (35-11) will find out its NCAA Tournament fate during the selection show at 9 p.m. Sunday night (ESPNU-TV).

Earlier on Saturday, the Tigers advanced to the title game by blanking Tennessee, the nation’s fourth-ranked team, by a 5-0 score.

Thomas struck out eight in a complete-game effort, allowing the Volunteers (44-10) just five hits.

Jenna Marston got the Tigers on the board in the third inning with a two-run double, while Roth had a solo homer in the sixth.

Marston ended up with two hits, as did Carlie Rose.

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