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Duke beats Missouri 4-3 in game 3 of Super Regional to advance to first Women’s College World Series

By Vaseline May27,2024

D’Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Missouri’s Cassidy Curd and Laurin Krings as 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 win over the Als seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finals of the best-of-three Columbia Super Regional, sending the Blue Devils to the Women’s College World Series for the first time.

Both teams sent the top of their lineups to the plate in the ninth.

Jennings provided the spark Duke (52-7) needed when she sent a 1-2 pitch from Krings over the right-field wall for her ninth home run of the season. Taylor Pannell relieved Krings and retired the first two batters she faced before hitting Francesca Frelick with a pitch. Amiah Burgess followed with a triple down the right field line to score Frelick and Ana Gold doubled to Burgess, ending Pannell’s night. Kelly Torres greeted reliever Marissa McCann with a double to right to drive in the final run.

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The Tigers (48-18) rallied in the bottom half of the inning. Jenna Laird and Alex Honnold started with back-to-back singles. Curd left the field in favor of Lillie Walker, who grounded out before setting up a two-run home run for Abby Hay – her ninth this season – on a 3-1 pitch. Walker got another groundball out before Curd came back in looking for the last one. Kara Daly singled up the middle before Madison Walker lined a drive to center to end the game.

Krings (17-10) yielded three hits through a regular seven shutout innings with three strikeouts. She retired 16 batters in a row heading into the ninth inning. Curd (13-3) also gave up three hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out seven. At one point she took out fourteen tigers in a row.

Both teams finished with seven hits and both teams collected four in the final inning.

The Blue Devils defeated Missouri 9-4 in a 6-3 win in the opener. The Tigers defeated Duke 4-2 in a 3-1 victory in the second game.

Duke next plays three-time NCAA champion Oklahoma in the opening game of the WCWS in Oklahoma City on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

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