In so doing, Arkansas captured the weekend series 2 games to 1.
On Friday night in the series opener, Chelsea Thomas was dominant in picking up her 102nd career win, which tied her for the school record. She remains tied with Teresa Wilson, as she exited Sunday's start after 3 innings with a no decision.
Thomas was unavailable to return in the game, as she is experiencing fatigue, bordering on an overuse injury.
To make matters worse, Missouri appears to have lost sophomore left fielder Kayla Kingsley to injury, as well. She sprained a knee as she rounded third base in the bottom of the eight inning. She crumpled to the ground, and was later tagged out as she lay there clutching her knee.
Still, Missouri had a chance to tie or win the game later in the inning with slugging 1B Kelsea Roth at the plate with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Roth lined out to left field to end the game.
Nicole Hudson (6-1, 3.64 ERA) took the loss for the Tigers, as she pitched the final 3.2 innings, and gave up 8 runs on 8 hits. Once again, the Missouri defense failed to support Hudson, as the Tigers committed 3 errors in the game.
But, Missouri scored 10 runs off of 4 Arkansas' pitchers, including 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the score and send the game into extras.
Arkansas had scored 6 runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead, after Missouri had scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th to go ahead.
After the game, a stunned Coach Earleywine sat in the dugout and said, "We've got a new set of circumstances. We have an ace pitcher who has limited pitch counts."
"I think I have to do a better job of managing Chelsea," explained Coach Earleywine. "Perhaps a Friday-Sunday scenario, where she has all day on Saturday to rest."
Before she was injured, Kingsley had gone 3-for-4 at the plate. At this time, there is no word on Kingsley's injury. "I've got to try to figure out how we're going to piece this thing together for the next two months," explained Coach Earleywine.