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Mizzou softball team beats Kansas

Tigers revived an old rivalry when the Mizzou softball team beat Kansas, 5-3, in the NCAA Columbia Regional championship game. Mizzou advanced to the regional final. Game day conditions were iffy as rain fell Saturday morning, but skies cleared by afternoon, creating sunnier circumstances for defeat of the Jayhawks.

The Mizzou softball team rushes onto the field to welcome Sami Fagan, #51, to home plate, scoring a second run for the Tigers against Kansas. Fagan and Emily Crane, #2, ran home in a single play, scoring two points for Mizzou during the first inning of the game.

The Mizzou softball team rushes onto the field to welcome Sami Fagan, No. 51, to home plate, scoring a second run for the Tigers against Kansas. Fagan and Emily Crane, No. 2, ran home in a single play, scoring two points for Mizzou during the first inning of the game.

A team member blows bubbles with her bubble gum while watching the game from the dugout.

A team member blows bubbles with her bubble gum while watching the game from the dugout.

Players nearly colliding at a base.

Taylor Gadbois, No. 9, makes it "safe" to second base, escaping Chaley Brickey, No. 12, who ran to try and tag Gadbois out.

Emily Crane, #2, makes a hit and runs to first base.

Emily Crane, No. 2, makes a hit and runs to first base.

Tori Finucane, No. 5, winds up to pitch the ball during the beginning of the game. Finucane is a sophomore and serves as the Tigers' right-handed pitcher.

Tori Finucane, No. 5, winds up to pitch the ball during the beginning of the game. Finucane is a sophomore and serves as the Tigers' right-handed pitcher.

Fans in bleachers.

Fans cheer as the Tigers strike out another Kansas player.

Emily Crane sliding into home base.

Emily Crane, No. 2, slides into home plate during the fifth inning of the game, scoring another point for the Tigers.

Senior Corrin Genovese's neon nails complement the softball's neon green.

Senior Corrin Genovese's neon nails complement the softball's neon green.

Kayla Kingsley sliding into base.

Kayla Kingsley, No. 11, slides blindly into third-base near the end of the game.

Players celebrating.

Kayla Kingsley, No. 11, is high-fived by her teammate Sami Fagan, No. 51, after she scores another point for the Tigers.

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