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Mizzou Links, 5-19-14: The last diamond weekend of the season is a pretty awful one

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A no-Finucane pitching staff survived two days of the NCAA Softball regional, but not three. Mizzou Baseball's season finished with one last collapse. Hell, Mike Chandler lost at Bellator 120 (link). It wasn't a COMPLETE dud of a weekend, but it wasn't a lot of fun...

The Beef

1. #stubble

How it unfolded
MUtigers.com: Kansas Upsets No. 19 Nebraska, 3-1, to Open Columbia Regional
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Advances Past Bradley in Exciting Extra-Inning Finish, 6-5
MUtigers.com: Home Runs Blast No. 15 Mizzou Softball Past Kansas, 6-3
MUtigers.com: Nebraska's Edwards Tosses No-Hitter in 9-0 Run-Rule Win over Bradley
MUtigers.com: Nebraska Advances to Championship Game With 2-1 Win Over Kansas
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Softball Downed in Regional Final by Nebraska

What good is an opposable thumb anyway...
KC Star: MU softball ace Tori Finucane still sidelined with sprained thumb

The last chapter stunk...
Post-Dispatch: Nebraska pounds Mizzou, wins regional
The Trib: Nebraska sweeps MU softball team to bounce Tigers from postseason
The Missourian: Missouri softball loses twice to Nebraska, ends regional championship streak
PowerMizzou: Two and Done
ABC 17: Sunday Sit-Down with Tod Palmer

...but the Saturday win was certainly fun
The Trib: Reheated rivalry is on back burner
The Trib: MU softball team beats KU to advance to regional title game
KC Star: Missouri topples Kansas in Border War revival at NCAA softball regional
The Missourian: Missouri softball beats Kansas in renewed rivalry
PowerMizzou: Mizzou Marches On
Mizzou Network: HIGHLIGHTS: Mizzou beats KU in NCAA Regionals
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME INTERVIEW: Earleywine after Regional win over Kansas

That Kirsten Mack at-bat was one of the toughest, prettiest you'll ever see.

2. And on Simmons Field....

MUtigers.com: Tigers Drop Season Finale To No. 24 Arkansas in Extras
The Trib: A fitting ugly end for Tigers
The Missourian: Missouri baseball ends season with extra-innings heartbreaker

Now the question is: who's coaching the team that gets to enjoy these locker rooms?
The Trib: MU completes expansion by opening locker rooms

3. But the golf team was great

MUtigers.com: Cuartero Leads Mizzou to NCAA Championships
The Trib: MU golf team celebrating NCAA berth, individual regional title for Cuartero
KC Star: Missouri men’s golf team makes NCAA field with third-place in regional
The Missourian: Missouri golf qualifies for national finals; captains finish 1, 2
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME: Mizzou Men's Golf advances to NCAA Championships

4. And track & field had its moments

MUtigers.com: Fischer Fourth On Day Two of SEC Championships
MUtigers.com: Rushin Claims First SEC Title On Day Three
MUtigers.com: Podium Finish for Rushin Closes SEC Championships
MUtigers.com: Senior Spotlight: Alison Ross

5. WHATNOT

Rector
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Announces Shane Rector Transfer

Graduates
MUtigers.com: Seventy-Two Mizzou Student-Athletes to Graduate

Soccer
MUtigers.com: Candace Johnson to Play for Panama in World Cup Qualifiers