Nebraska knocks Mizzou out of NCAA Tournament

COLUMBIA -- For the first time since 2007, the Missouri softball team will not play in an NCAA Super Regional.

Nebraska hit seven home runs on Sunday, four off the bat of Hailey Decker, to sweep two games from the Tigers and win the Columbia Regional.

Playing as the home team in the opener, Nebraska got on the board on a two-run homer by Decker in the bottom of the first. Missouri scored a run in the second, then took a 3-2 lead on a two-run double by Angela Randazzo in the top of the third.

But Nebraska put the game away by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the third. Decker hit another two-run homer to give the Huskers a 4-3 edge. Austen Urness added a three-run shot in the inning, as Nebraska rolled to an 11-4 win in game one.

Former Blair Oaks standout Alora Marble took the loss for Missouri, giving up 11 runs on 13 hits.

The Huskers jumped on top early in their 8-1 victory in game two. Decker again hit a two-run homer in the top of the first to give Nebraska a 2-0 lead. The Huskers made it 5-0 on a three-run homer by Kiki Stokes in the top of the fourth.

Missouri got on the board in the fifth on a solo home run by Kelsea Roth. But Decker's fourth home run of the day, another two-run shot in the seventh inning, iced the game for the Huskers.

Missouri finishes the season with a 43-18 record. Nebraska advances to face No. 2 Alabama in a Super Regional.