Third baseman Ryan Howard warms up in the on deck circle during Wednesday’s night game. Howard finished 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
Photos and story by Caroline Hecker
The Missouri Tigers beat the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 5-2 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. The Tigers were lead by Dylan Kelly and Josh Lester, as both finished 2-for-4 on the night and three RBI between them. Peter Fairbanks pitched a career-best eight innings, holding the Fighting Illini to only two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Missouri will head to Gainesville, Fla., on Friday for a weekend series against the Florida Gators.
The Missouri Tigers gather for a prayer during pre-game warm-ups before the Arch Rival game.
Missouri outfielder Logan Pearson grounds out in the first inning against the Fighting Illini. Pearson finished 0-for-3 and scored one run in Missouri’s 5-2 victory.
Shortstop Josh Lester tags out Illinois’ Will Krug at second base and prepares to complete a double play at first. Lester went 2-for-4 and had an RBI double in the victory.
Missouri baseball played its third extra-inning game in its last four games. The Tigers won 5-4 in 10 innings Tuesday after losing twice in 11 innings to Mississippi State during the weekend.
Missouri senior Dillon Everett got a walk-off single with the bases loaded. Everett hit the first pitch he saw down the right-field line. He extended his right arm when he saw the ball drop in fair territory, and his teammates mobbed him between first and second base.
Everett’s hit brought Logan Pearson home, who led off the 10th inning with a single.
“That was fantastic,” Pearson said. “I would love to be part of that more often.”
Frank Martin as Missouri’s next men’s basketball coach? Well, maybe. Listen as Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about where this leaves Tiger men’s basketball. Matter also talks about football as the Tigers play their Black and Gold spring game. This week we also hear from former Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith who took a coaching job at Tulsa, and from athletic director Mike Alden about Haith’s departure. Daniel Shapiro introduces us to some loyal hockey fans in Missouri, and not just in St. Louis. And lastly we’ll wrap up a doubleheader win for Mizzou softball including a pair of homers for freshman Natalie Fleming.
A fire truck carrying Missouri cheerleaders, Truman the Tiger and a videographer rolls down Rollins Street in front of Tiger Plaza on March 4, 2014, to take part in the filming of a commercial for the upstart SEC Network. The network is scheduled to launch in August.
Cameras rolled as Truman the Tiger frolicked in a gold fire truck, driving past MU’s Tiger Plaza where students gathered, chanting “Miz-Zou” on March 4.
ESPN was in Columbia to film a commercial for the new SEC Network as part of an ad campaign that is scheduled to start running later this month. The campaign will spotlight one unique thing about each of the Read more of this post
COLUMBIA — Missouri right-hander Peter Fairbanks threw 12 pitches in the 11th inning. Only three of the pitches were strikes, and Mississippi State took advantage.
The Bulldogs scored two 11th-inning runs and the Tigers had little response.
Mississippi State completed the three-game sweep of Missouri with Sunday’s 9-7 win in 11 innings.
“They’re a better bullpen than we were,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said on KTGR radio after the game.
Mississippi State trailed 7-3 after six innings but responded to force two extra frames. Missouri went to its bullpen to start the seventh inning, and the bullpen allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings.
“I don’t feel very good about it,” Jamieson said of the bullpen in his postgame press conference. “We gave up too many runs.”
Fairbanks took the loss. Right-hander Ben Bracewell was the winning pitcher for Mississippi State.
It is the sixth loss for the Missouri’s bullpen of the team’s 12 SEC losses. Missouri is 0-3 in extra-inning games.
Missouri catcher Dylan Kelly (55) tags out Mississippi State’s Derrick Armstrong at home in the top of the fifth inning. Armstrong tried to score after a wild throw to Missouri third baseman Ryan Howard, but Howard recovered the ball in time to throw out Armstrong.
Missouri starting pitcher John Miles delivers the first pitch against Mississippi State
on Saturday, April 19, at Taylor Stadium. Miles was the losing pitcher after six and one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
Missouri right fielder Logan Pearson dives to catch a fly ball in the top of the fourth
inning against Mississippi State. The Tigers lost, 6-2.
The Missouri baseball team lost a second consecutive game to Mississippi State, 6-2, on Saturday. The Bulldogs also won Friday’s opening game of the three-game series. Tiger right-hander John Miles was the losing pitcher after he threw six and one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
Freshmen Ryan Howard and Jake Ring led Missouri at the plate. Howard was 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while Ring finished 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
Howard’s second run in the fifth inning tied the game at two. Mississippi State then added three runs in the seventh inning and one run in the ninth to seal the victory.
Missouri is now 17-20 overall and 6-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The series finale is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Missouri freshman designated player Natalie Fleming awaits a pitch in the Tigers’ 9-1 win against Ole Miss. Fleming homered three times in the weekend series.
Missouri sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois celebrates with freshman third basemen Kelli Schkade after they scored in the Tigers’ 9-1 win over Ole Miss on Saturday, April 19, at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Gadbois finished with two hits in the game.
Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine speaks to sophomore outfielder Taylor Gadbois during a break in the action against Ole Miss. The victory was the fourteenth home win for Missouri this season.
Photos by Sam Richmond
Story by Sam Hustis
COLUMBIA – For the second weekend in a row, the Missouri softball team swept an SEC opponent beating the visiting Mississippi Rebels. The Tigers completed the sweep Saturday afternoon when they beat the Rebels 9-1 in six innings due to the run rule.
Tori Finucane delivered a strong pitching performance after allowing two hits, one unearned run and five strikeouts.
The Tigers scored nearly every inning and got the offense started with a solo home run from Natalie Fleming. Saturday was the third game in a row with a home run for the infielder.
The runs kept coming for Missouri in the second inning when Kelli Schkade scored from third on an Emily Crane ground out. This was Crane’s first series back after missing two weeks with a knee injury.
With the Tigers up 5-1 in the sixth inning, Crane hit a sharp single to right field scoring Taylor Gadbois and Schkade. The very next batter, Mackenzie Sykes, tripled to right field and brought home Crane.
Fleming ended the game with an RBI sacrifice fly, moving Missouri to 35-12 on the year, and 12-6 in conference play.
The Tigers host in-state rivals Missouri State on Wednesday before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for a weekend series with the No. 5 University of Florida Gators.
Freshman quarterback beats defenders on an 80-yard touchdown run with less than one minute left to help the reserves beat the starters 21-20 during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. The reserve were granted a 14-0 lead to start the game.
Fans perform the Missouri Waltz in between the third and fourth quarter during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. After the game, fans were allowed onto the field to get autographs and photos with players and coaches.
Former MU defensive lineman Michael Sam does his signature sack dance in front of the crowd during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Sam made headlines in February when he came out as openly gay and could be the first openly gay active NFL player if drafted in May.
Quarterback Maty Mauk prepares for a snap during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Mauk is a redshirt sophomore and is projected to be the team’s starting quarterback.
Quarterback Maty Mauk hands off the ball to running back Marcus Murphy during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Murphy replaces Henry Josey as the team’s starting running back this coming season.
MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin stands on the sidelines during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Loftin is in his calendar year as the University of Missouri chancellor.
Former MU running back Henry Josey embraces assistant athletic director Pat Ivey on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Josey was presented with an award for being named a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American.
Maty Mauk celebrates a touchdown with teammate offensive lineman Evan Boehm during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Mauk is entering his first year as MU’s starter at quarterback.
Wide receiver Jimmie Hunt turns after a pass during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Hunt will be a big part of the offense in wake of the team’s number one wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s dismissal from the team.
Quarterback Corbin Berkstresser releases a pass before being sacked during the MU spring football game on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Berkstresser is currently the team’s second string quarterback.
Photos by Daniel Shapiro
Story by Mary Kate Burgess
Eric Anderson (44) objects to being called out by third base umpire Todd Henderson in Friday’s game. Missouri’s Josh Lester bunted to try to move Anderson to third base.
By Erik Hall
After holding on for four innings, the Missouri baseball team lost 3-2 in 11 innings against Mississippi State on Friday.
The Tigers scored first, with a run in the third inning. Mississippi State responded with two runs in the fourth and Missouri tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Mississippi State’s Seth Heck scored the game-winning run on a single by Read more of this post