Arkansas Razorbacks Fall to Missouri Tigers 3-1 in SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinals

Missouri Tigers defeat Arkansas Razorbacks 3-1 in SEC Softball Tournament quarterfinals, advancing to semifinals. Arkansas eliminated, still expected to host NCAA Tournament Regional despite 36-16 overall record.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Fall to Missouri Tigers 3-1 in SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinals

Arkansas Razorbacks Fall to Missouri Tigers 3-1 in SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinals

The fourth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks were eliminated from the 2024 SEC Softball Tournament after suffering a3-1 lossto the fifth-seeded Missouri Tigers in the quarterfinals on May 10, 2024, at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Alabama. The game, which began on Thursday evening, was suspended in the top of the fifth inning due to severeweatherand resumed on Friday morning.

When play resumed, Missouri held a 2-1 lead with runners at first and third and no outs. The Tigers quickly added to their advantage, executing a double steal that allowed Jenna Laird to score from third while Alex Honnold was tagged out in a mid-inning, overnight suspension. Missouri's pitching trio of Cierra Harrison, Marissa McCann, and Taylor Pannell held the Razorbacks' offense in check, securing the victory and advancing the Tigers to the tournament semifinals.

Harrison, who started the game for Missouri, allowed just one run on four hits over five innings, striking out two batters and improving her record to 14-3 on the season. McCann entered the game in the sixth inning and escaped a bases-loaded jam, while Pannell closed out the contest, earning her NCAA-leading 14th save of the year. Jenna Laird paced the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and an RBI.

Despite the loss, Arkansas is still expected to be one of the 16 Regional site hosts for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks, who now hold a 36-16 overall record, will learn their postseason fate during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN2.

With the win, Missouri improves to 42-14 on the season and advances to the SEC Tournament Semifinals, where they will face the eighth-seeded LSU Tigers at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, May 10. The Tigers, who are seeking their first-ever SEC tournament championship, previously won two out of three games against LSU in a series from April 12-14 in Columbia, Missouri, outscoring them 12-8.