Mizzou baseball finale against San Francisco rained out

By Zach Garcia

The Missouri baseball game against San Francisco was canceled on Sunday due to the weather.

The Missouri baseball game against San Francisco was canceled on Sunday due to the weather.

The Missouri baseball team’s weekend series against the visiting San Francisco Dons will end in a draw, as the decisive third game in the series has been canceled due to poor weather. The game was scheduled for a noon first pitch on Sunday, but heavy rain caused unplayable field conditions, according to a team source.

Missouri is scheduled to host Jackson State (8-8) of the Southwestern Athletic Conference at Simmons Field at Taylor Stadiumon Tuesday. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 4 p.m., and is Missouri’s final non-conference game before kicking off Southeastern Conference play with a home series against No. 8 ranked South Carolina next weekend.

The Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler

Sloppy ninth inning dooms Mizzou baseball against SanFrancisco

Story by Zach Garcia
Photos by John Guminski

The Missouri baseball team
fought all the way back, only to let the game slip away in a
disastrous ninth inning against San Francisco (6-8) on Saturday.
Missouri (3-7) forged a late-game comeback, but also committed
several costly errors that led to an 8-3 loss in the second game of
the weekend series. The visiting Dons plated five runs in a
decisive top of the ninth, a mere half inning after the Tigers
evened the game at 3-3 in the eighth inning. San Francisco’s sudden
rally began when Missouri third baseman Keaton Steele fielded a
bunt by USF’s No. 8 batter Jourdan Weiks and rushed a throw to
first base, which traveled past first baseman Michael McGraw and up
the baseline. Weiks pulled in at second, while USF first baseman
Brendan Hendriks (who singled to begin the ninth) reached third
base – all with no outs. “I picked the ball up, threw it and missed
it,” Steele said. “Bad throw on my part. I overshot the left side,
I didn’t want to throw to the right side and get him (Missouri
second baseman Kendall Keeton) killed by the runner (USF’s
Hendriks, approaching second base on the play) going down. But
that’s baseball. That happens.”

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Texas A&M Hits Four Home Runs, Defeats Mizzou

By Karl Roskamp

Texas A&M's Nicole Morgan celebrates the grand slam with her teammates as part of an eight-run sixth inning.

Texas A&M’s Nicole Morgan celebrates the grand slam with her teammates as part of an eight-run sixth inning.

Nicole Morgan and Mel Dumezich hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to
give No. 7 Texas A&M an 11-3 victory over No. 5 Missouri on Saturday.

The Aggies were the first team to score multiple runs off Missouri pitcher, Chelsea Thomas, scoring five before she was
pulled. Texas A&M also managed seven hits and drew three walks.

“Around the fourth or fifth inning it looks like she lost some velocity in conjunction with that they’re a very good
hitting team,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “It was just a freak thing. She didn’t have it.”

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Four Mizzou Women’s Basketball players recognized by SEC for 2013 teams

By Elaine Stockdale

The Missouri women’s basketball team has made a mark at the end of its season – two straight wins in the last two regular season games and four players recognized by the Southeastern Conference for their achievements this season.

Today, the SEC announced sophomore Morgan Eye as one of the 2013 Sixth Woman of the Year, junior Bri Kulas as a member of the All-SEC Second Team, and freshman Lianna Doty named to the All-Freshman Team.

Yesterday, senior Liz Smith was named to the 2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Community Service Team.

Individually, it is the first time that each player has been inducted into a conference all-team in their career. They are also  the first SEC recognitions for Missouri since its move from the Big 12 Conference.

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Alex Oriakhi managing his emotions, becoming a leader for Mizzou basketball

By Matthew Fairburn
Missouri senior forward Alex Oriakhi has a tendency to let his temper get the best of him.
On the court, that has led to foul trouble, which has hurt the team. Over the course of the season, Oriakhi has learned to manage his emotions with the help of his coaches and teammates.
Heading into the final stretch of the Tigers’ season, Oriakhi has become a leader for the team.
Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler

Mizzou forward Alex Oriakhi named SEC Player of the Week

By Matthew Fairburn

Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi earned Player of the Week honors in the Southeastern Conference on Monday after recording his 10th double-double of the season on Saturday against Louisiana State University.

In Missouri’s two wins last week over LSU and South Carolina, Oriakhi shot 15-17 from the field and averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

“All the credit goes to my teammates,” Oriakhi said. “They give me the ball in position, all I have to do is dunk it. I’m just glad to be winning. I’ll take winning over everything.”

Oriakhi’s strong play comes at just the right time for the Tigers, who are making a push to receive one of the top four seeds in the SEC and ensure a double bye in the conference tournament.

On Tuesday, Missouri (21-8 overall, 10-6 in the SEC) takes on Arkansas (18-11, 9-7) in its final home game of the season. While the game marks Arkansas coach Mike Anderson’s first trip to Mizzou Arena since leaving Missouri in 2011, the game will be emotional for a different reason; it’s senior night for the Tigers.

Laurence Bowers, Keion Bell and Oriakhi will all be honored before the game. While Bowers has played a full career at Missouri, Bell and Oriakhi have spent only one season on the court for the Tigers. Still, Oriakhi expects it to be a memorable night.

“It feels like I belong here for some reason,” Oriakhi said. “I don’t know what the emotions will be like, but Mizzou has definitely been special to me.”

The Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler

Mizzou Pitcher Bailey Erwin Transfers

By Karl Roskamp 

Missouri’s number two pitcher Bailey Erwin announced her intent to transfer on Monday afternoon.

“I’ve decided to transfer from Mizzou for personal reasons and will keep those reasons to myself,” Erwin said via Twitter. “I want to thank everyone who has supported me in my time here, especially my teammates.”

Erwin came into the season as the Tiger’s second pitcher behind two time All-American, Chelsea Thomas.  Even though Erwin hasn’t lost a game, Nicole Hudson has challenged her spot in the rotation.

Both are 3-0 with one shutout, but Hudson has a lower ERA, 1.40 to 2.33, and has allowed a lower opponents batting average, .200 to .230.

Recently, coach Ehren Earleywine mentioned that Erwin needed to develop her pitches.  In this year’s Black & Gold Game, he said, “she got hit hard,” because she was continuously throwing fastballs.  Erwin pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed nine hits, including two home runs as well as several hard hit balls that went straight to outfielders.  Earleywine has said she needs to get her change up to “another level” to keep hitters off balance.

Erwin’s departure will leave a large gap in Missouri’s pitching depth.  Despite a shaky start, Erwin pitched 24 innings this season, only four less than Thomas.  Without Erwin’s ability to pitch deep into games, Thomas will likely see less rest.   Earleywine will rely more on Hudson, who prior to the season, hadn’t pitched since 2011 and Lindsey Muller, who pitched one inning this season.

Missouri will play its first series without Erwin starting Friday against No. 9 Texas A&M.

Supervising Editor for this story was Megan Rentschler

Remembering Mizzou’s Win Over Iowa

By Peter Terpstra

It’s been a week since Missouri wrestling beat Iowa to take third place in the Cliff Keen National Duals.
The win had special meaning for a Tiger assistant coach.
KBIA’s Peter Terpstra sat down with Joe Johnston on what the win meant not only for Missouri, but for himself too.

Two Missouri Tigers grabbed the spotlight in the victory.
Both Alan Waters and Kyle Bradley notched wins over top-ranked opponents.
KBIA’s Peter Terpstra talked with both wrestlers on how their individual performance helped the team pull off the victory.

Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler

Bowers and Oriakhi dominate as Mizzou beats LSU 89-76

Photos by Matthew Fairburn
Story by the Associated Press
Keion Bell collects a pass in the second half of Saturday's win over LSU. Bell finished the game with 11 points and six rebounds.

Keion Bell collects a pass in the second half of Saturday’s win over LSU. Bell finished the game with 11 points and six rebounds.

Even with Missouri coach Frank Haith sitting next to him on the podium, Alex Oriakhi could not stifle himself.

The memory fresh from struggles in the first meeting against LSU, the senior forward said the rematch was more than just a game.

“I just wanted revenge,” Oriakhi said after getting 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, helping the Tigers stay unbeaten at home with an 89-76 victory over LSU on Saturday. “I didn’t care how much I scored, I just wanted to win.”

After failing to suppress a laugh, Haith scolded Oriakhi about “Media Training 101″ and did his best to re-direct questioning elsewhere.

“Please. No more. He’s done,” Haith said as Oriakhi and Laurence Bowers guffawed while bolting for the locker room.

Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Phil Pressey added 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Tigers (21-8, 10-6 SEC), who rallied from an early 13-point deficit. They’re 16-0 at Mizzou Arena but just 2-7 on the road, including a three-point loss at LSU on Jan 31.

Oriakhi was held to one point, three rebounds with four fouls in the first meeting. Missouri emphasized getting the ball inside in the rematch, totaling 52 points in the lane.

“I think that’s just what we are,” Oriakhi said. “A lot of credit goes to the guards, they’re just spotting us. Phil is just putting us in perfect position where all we’ve got to do is lay the ball in or dunk it.”

Bowers had his highest point total since also scoring 23 against Illinois in December, and earned his second double double in 10 games since returning from a knee injury.

“I just got lost in the game,” Bowers said. “Coach sent me a text this morning that just said, ‘Play free.’ I think that’s what I did and it really helped me.”

Anthony Hickey posted career bests with 22 points and six 3-pointers for LSU (17-10, 8-8), which matched its season best with 12 3-pointers but shot 42 percent overall compared with a season-best 55.6 percent in the first meeting. Charles Carmouche had 21 points, the fourth 20-plus outing in five games for the senior guard who averages 10.1 points.

“I think he’s found his niche and what he’s capable of doing,” coach Johnny Jones said. “He understands that he’s a senior, this is it for him, and he’s playing with a great sense of urgency.”

Missouri escaped an early 25-12 hole by pounding it inside, with seven baskets on dunks, tip-ins or follow shots out of their 18 first-half baskets. The Tigers shot 54.5 percent overall and led 43-39 at the half.

“I think we did a good job coming out, throwing the first punch and kind of letting them know that we were here to win the ballgame,” Carmouche said. “We kind of took our foot off the gas. Missouri’s a pretty good team, and they took advantage of it.”

LSU was 6 for 8 from 3-point range to open the game before Missouri surfaced with a 24-6 run for an 8-point cushion with 2:31 to go, including eight points from reserve Earnest Ross in just over a minute.

LSU closed the gap with two late 3-pointers from Hickey, who was 5 for 8 and had 17 points.

Hickey was 6 for 14 from 3-point range and topped his previous best of 21 points against Northwestern State in November. He had 20 points in the first meeting despite going 1 for 7 from long range.

Missouri led by as many as 16 points in the second half, pulling away from a 43-39 lead at the break. LSU got no closer than eight points in the final minutes, aided by shaky free throw shooting by Missouri.

The win improved Missouris record at home this season to 16-0. The team returns to the court on Tuesday night when it takes on Arkansas for senior night. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.
The supervising editor on this story was Megan Rentschler

Priede leads Mizzou with 18 points in 78 – 74 loss in overtime against LSU

Missouri's Liene Priede (32) charges to the basket in Friday's game. Priede made 18 points in the game.

Missouri’s Liene Priede (32) charges to the basket in Friday’s game. Priede made 18 points in the game.

Story by Elaine Stockdale
Photos by Karen Mitchell

It was the first match up between Missouri and Louisiana State University since Nov. 27, 1989. The crowd stood celebrating in response to a crucial play by senior Liene Priede, who finished with a career best of 18 points for Missouri in their four-point loss to LSU.

With just under a minute of play left, Priede dished the ball out to Kyley Simmons. Shooting wide open, Simmons hit a 3-pointer – tying the game at 66. The game went into overtime, the crowd still on their feet.

LSU had a 12-point lead only minutes into the second half, but Priede kept pushing and fighting to chase down the LSU lead, a lead that Missouri failed to surpass until overtime.

Almost immediately after subbing back in with under nine minutes left on the clock in the second half, Priede hit a jumper, bringing Missouri within three, breaking a 7 – 0 run by LSU. After a five minute break on the bench, LSU went on a 5 – 0 run. Priede came back on the court only to hit another jumper with a little more than three minutes of game time left. Then another 3-pointer with her next shot, bringing Missouri within three points again.

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