Ducks' season comes to an end

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Oregon softball team's run in the postseason ended with a 7-2 loss to host Missouri Sunday in an NCAA Super Regional.

Oregon, ranked No. 20, ended the season 36-21. The Ducks' victories under first-year coach Mike White were more than double the 16 they had last season.

It was the Ducks' first ever Super Regional appearance.

Freshman Jessica Moore (16-13) took the loss Sunday, allowing five hits and two earned runs over three innings.

Kristin Nottelman (24-7 scattered eight hits in her second complete game in as many days in the victory for No. 8 Missouri (51-11).

The NCAA tourney's ninth-seeded Tigers scored twice in the first inning, once in the fourth, and four more times in the sixth en route to their fifth straight postseason win and a return to the Women's College World Series.

The Oregon offense combined for eight hits and scored single runs in the first and fifth innings, courtesy of an errant throw by the second baseman and a sacrifice fly by freshman left fielder Allie Burger, respectively.

"Today came down to execution," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "Missouri made the most of their chances and capitalized on our mistakes. It's a tough way to lose, and our pitchers didn't hit their corners consistently. This game comes down to a little bit of luck and breaks, and we failed to capitalize on some chances in the middle innings. We didn't put the pressure back on the pitcher and made too many easy outs."

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