As Addie Jensen walked off the field for the final time, freshman second baseman Faith Hoe wrapped her arms around the senior pitcher in a big embrace.
Jensen, who induced a groundout to end the top of the seventh, became the winning pitcher earlier Saturday night in Weber State softball’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. But, with smiles, she wiped tears out of her eyes with her jersey sleeves, resigned to the knowledge that her college career was over.
Weber State twice left the bases loaded, once with no outs, in a 7-0 loss to Missouri to be eliminated from the Los Angeles regional in a game Saturday that ended at 12:35 a.m. MDT Sunday.
Weber State finished the season 27-21, winning 21 of their last 25 contests including the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory in a 7-3 win over Cal State Fullerton.
Chloe Camarero, Brooke Moeai and Lauren Hoe each tallied hits in the loss. Jensen threw 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing four hits and two earned runs.
Tatiana Su’esu’e got the loss, throwing 2 2/3 innings in a start that ended shortly after Salt Lake City native Jazmyn Rollin hit a two-RBI double off the left-field wall in the third to break open a scoreless game for Missouri.
Rollin later drove in another run in a fifth inning that made it 6-0. She finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Weber State was patient as always at the plate, drawing seven walks and putting leadoff hitters on base in five of the seven innings. But Cassie Gasper and Eli Daniel pitched out of trouble for Missouri (34-23). Gasper gave up all three hits in a four-inning start, while the harder-throwing Gasper struck out six and allowed zero hits in the final three innings.