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Posted: June 4, 2011 6:27 p.m.

Lee helps Missouri stave off elimination in Women's College World Series

Tigers face Baylor at 9:30 p.m.

Eastside graduate Catherine Lee and the Missouri Tigers are still alive thanks to a 4-1 win over Big 12 rival Oklahoma at Oklahoma City in the Women's College World Series.

After struggling so far in the postseason, Lee finally played a big part in Missouri's win. She went 2-for-2 and her single in the second after a tough at-bat set up the Tigers' first run before a sacrifice bunt in the sixth moved two runners into scoring position. Both runners came into score. Lee had two of Missouri's six hits. She also scored a run in the fourth.

Missouri lost to Florida 6-2 in the opening game of the WCWS and were again facing early elimination. The Tigers have been eliminated in two games the past two years and were 1-11 in WCWS games all-time coming into Saturday's game.

The Tigers had little time to rest as they play Baylor at 9:30 p.m. in another elimination game.

Missouri, the Big 12 champions, was one of four teams from the conference to make it to Oklahoma City. Three out of the four teams lost their opening games and Baylor lost to Alabama in its second game to find itself on the brink of elimination of the double-elimination tournament.

The Tigers swept Oklahoma in the regular season but split two games with Baylor.

Lee had been hitless in the postseason before her two-hit performance in perhaps Missouri's biggest win to date.

 

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