Tigers blow late lead, rally past Bradley

COLUMBIA -- Corrin Genovese's bases-loaded single in the eighth gave the Missouri softball team a 6-5 win over Bradley on Friday, and saved the Tigers from a devastating loss in their NCAA Regional opener.

Missouri opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, then added three in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. The Tigers were one out away from a victory when Bradley erupted in the top of the seventh.

After walking two straight batters, Casey Stangel served up a three-run homer to Alyson Clemente to cut the Missouri lead to 4-3. The Braves put together four more hits after that, scoring twice to take a 5-4 lead.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game on Kirsten Mack's sacrifice fly. Genovese, who finished the day 4-for-4, ended the game in the eighth with an RBI single to left that scored Taylor Gadbois.

Missouri (42-16) advanced to play former archrival Kansas in a winner's bracket game at 3:30 on Saturday. Kansas knocked off No. 19 Nebraska 3-1 on Friday.