Tigers win rivalry game in St. Louis

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.

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.

Finucane, Tigers shutout Missouri State

By Sam Richmond

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane and the No. 15 Missouri softball team took down Missouri State at University Field in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday.

The Tiger ace mowed down the Bears to the tune of a complete game shutout, while striking out five batters and allowing just three hits.

Finucane continued a string of dominance by not allowing an earned run in four consecutive starts.

“Tori’s really heating up at the right part of the season,” said junior shortstop Corrin Genovese.

Finucane, a Top 25 Freshman of the Year finalist, attributes her recent performance to Read more of this post

Dillon Everett gets redemption with a walk-off single

By Erik Hall

KANSAS CITY — The third time was the charm.

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.”

Missouri relief pitcher Breckin Williams earned the win. He pitched 1/3 of an inning. Read more of this post

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: Spring football, Frank Haith and Missouri Mavericks

Darren Hellwege logoFrank 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.



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TV providers optimistic about negotiations with SEC Network

Story and photos by Philip Joens

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. Photo by Philip Joens.

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

Missouri baseball lets four-run lead slip away

By Erik Hall

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.

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Missouri baseball drops second straight

Story and photos by Erik Hall
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 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.

 

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 softball sweeps Ole Miss

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.

Mauk stands out in Black and Gold game

Photos by Daniel Shapiro
Story by Mary Kate Burgess

Mizzou baseball loses 3-2 in 11 innings

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.

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

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