Mizzou beats Kansas, faces Nebraska in NCAA regional final
May 18, 2014
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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.
Pitcher Tori Finucane, left, wears a brace on her right hand and a bandage on her left index finger and was unavailable for Saturday’s game.
Casey Stangel got the complete-game start, increasing her record to 15-9.
Umpires John Baca, left, Andy Trent, center and Royce Eller discuss one of several contested plays in the game.
Sami Fagan (51) runs in front of shortstop Chaley Brickey, causing her to miss the ground ball.
Kelli Schkade, right, and Corrin Genovese watch as Genovese’ s throw heads to first after putting out Taylor Dodson (17). The double play got Missouri out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth inning.
Corrin Genovese is helped up by coach Ehren Earleywine after was was put out at home in the fifth inning.
Angela Randazzo gets a high five from coach Phil Bradley.
Taylor Gadbois slide safely into second, her 46th stolen base of the year.
Mack is congratulated by coach Ehren Earleywine as she rounds third base.
Kirsten Mack rounds second after hitting a home run.
Casey Stangel pitches with a runner at second in the first inning.