Mizzou beats Kansas, faces Nebraska in NCAA regional final

A fan clutches the home run ball hit by Kirsten Mack in the second inning.

A fan clutches the home run ball hit by Kirsten Mack in the second inning.

For awhile Saturday afternoon, you know people were thinking it: was this going to be another Missouri meltdown?

Holding a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning, Missouri allowed Kansas to load the bases with just one out. But shortstop Corrin Genovese fielded an easy ground ball, making the out at second and throwing to Kelsea Roth for the out at first.

Missouri held a 6-1 lead when Chaley Brickey sent a ball into the first row of the left field bleachers, scoring two more runs for Kansas. It was feeling a little too much like Missouri’s game against Bradley Friday night, in which the Braves came back to tie the game and force an extra inning. But the Missouri defense held, giving the Tigers a spot in Sunday’s championship game.

They will face Nebraska, which beat Bradley 9-0 in Saturday’s second game.

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