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NCAA Softball Tournament: Missouri State's historic season ends with second loss to Mizzou

One of the great seasons in Missouri State softball came to an end in the NCAA Tournament.

Missouri State fell 2-0 to Mizzou in an elimination game late Saturday night at Mizzou Softball Stadium in the Columbia Regional. The Tigers were responsible for both Bears' losses in the double-elimination tournament.

The Bears' season ended at 28-20, which saw them win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the program's history. On Saturday, the Bears won the program's fourth NCAA Tournament game with a 2-0 win over Illinois.

Head coach Holly Hesse, in her 34th season, preached "Meraki" all season long to her squad while defining it as "leaving something special behind.