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Missouri Claims Big 12 Softball Title
May 15, 2011

Missouri has captured the 2011 Big 12 softball  title - the program's second, and first since 1997.

After sweeping Iowa State on Saturday to gain at least a share of the championship, the Tigers got a little help from Baylor on Sunday after the Bears beat Texas and gave Missouri the outright Big 12 crown.

In the clinching doubleheader against the Cyclones, Missouri won the first game 8-2 before getting an 8-1 decision in the finale. Ashley Fleming hit two three-run homers on the day, while Abby Vock belted two long balls in the second game to pace the Tiger offense. Missouri finished 15-3 in Big 12 play and closed the regular season with a 46-7 overall record.

Baylor defeated Texas by a 2-1 final on Sunday in Austin, dropping the Longhorns to second place. The Bears scored two unearned runs in the fourth inning, and that would be all they needed. Texas finishes the regular season with a 45-8 regular season record and a game behind the Tigers at 14-4 in conference action. Missouri and Texas split their series last weekend, as the Longhorns won Saturday's contest 2-0 before the Tigers bounced back with a 6-3 decision on Sunday.

Missouri, with the league's automatic bid, will join the other Big 12 schools to await their NCAA Regional fate as the NCAA Selection Show airs live on ESPNU at a 9 p.m. CT.

Missouri led the Big 12 in doubles (84), team pitching (1.26), opponent batting average (,166) and wins.

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