COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team clinched its first series win of the season Saturday.
Missouri beat Southern Mississippi 6-4 in the second game of the three-game series. Missouri won Friday’s series opener 4-1.
Missouri freshman shortstop Ryan Howard (8) prepares to swing during a sixth-inning at bat as Southern Mississippi catcher Chuckie Robinson waits for the pitch Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Howard went 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Missouri senior first baseman Kendall Keeton dives back to first base as Southern Mississippi first baseman Tim Lynch waits for the pickoff attempt in the sixth inning on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Lynch tagged Keeton out on the play to end the inning. Missouri beat Southern Mississippi 6-4.
Missouri starting pitcher John Miles delivers a pitch during the first inning against Southern Mississippi on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Miles earned the win by going 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs, two earned runs, five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
“Winning series, it’s awesome,” Missouri center fielder Jake Ring said. “It’s what’s expected. Read more of this post
Missouri catcher Dylan Kelly stops the Bulldogs’ Bradley Roney from scoring the tying run at the plate in the top of the second inning on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Missouri went on to win the game 4-1.
Story By Erik Hall Photos by Caroline Hecker
Correction: This story has been updated to correct an error. Keaton Steele faced five batters in the ninth inning.
COLUMBIA — Missouri right-hander Brett Graves made his first career Friday-night start in his team’s home opener against Southern Mississippi.
He earned the win with eight strikeouts allowing one run and five hits in eight innings.
Missouri second baseman Josh Lester helped the Tigers earn their first win of the season at Taylor Stadium.
Lester went 2-for-4 with the game’s first hit and first run. He added a seventh-inning RBI for insurance in the Tigers’ 4-1 victory.
It was the first time a crowd as large as Friday’s 1,028 attendees saw a Missouri home opener, since at least 1997.
“That’s the most people we’ve played in front of all year,” Missouri designated hitter Eric Anderson said. “I think the excitement level was up and our guys were ready. When you see people in the seats, your intensity is there and your focus is there. It’s a good feeling.”
The Missouri baseball team improved to 4-6 overall and snapped a five game losing streak after going 1-1 at this weekend’s University of Arkansas-Little Rock Invitational.
The Tigers faced Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPWF) during Saturday’s first matchup of the day. Freshman infielder Ryan Howard had three hits and a career-high four RBI, but inconsistent pitching and mental errors cost the Tigers the victory.
Missouri’s baseball coaches experimented with moving Dillon Everett, shown at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, from the infield to the outfield this season. But an injury to second baseman Brett Peel caused Everett to return to the infield before the end of the season’s second game. Photo by Erik Hall.
Dillon Everett started 112 games as an infielder for the Missouri baseball team entering his senior year. This year, Missouri coach Tim Jamieson asked Everett to try something new — move to the outfield. KBIA’s Erik Hall tells us how Everett handled the transition during Missouri’s opening weekend. Length: 2:11.
Inclement weather wasn’t enough to stop the Missouri baseball team from getting off to a solid start to the 2014 season. Despite last minute travel changes sending the Tigers to Louisiana instead of Florida, the team put together wins against Southern Mississippi, 4-2, and Chicago State, 6-3. The loss was to McNeese State, 3-2.
The 2-1 start is an improvement over last season, when the Tigers started out the season 0-6.
The Tigers traveled to the McNeese State Invite in Lake Charles, La., after traveling through harsh weather made it Read more of this post
The Missouri baseball team is scheduled to open its season Friday against Richmond in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s the first of four games this weekend for the Tigers. On Tuesday Southeastern Conference coaches picked Missouri, coming off an 18-32 record in 2013, to finish last in the seven-team SEC East Division.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 in Devine Pavilion, catcher Dylan Kelly talked about how the team is coming together and being anxious to get outside to practice. Length: 1:25.
Missouri senior catcher Dylan Kelly calls Roswell, Ga., his hometown and he will get a taste of home this weekend. In this video extra he talks with reporter Erik Hall about the guys on the Richmond and Liberty teams that he is looking forward to seeing. Length: 1:35.
COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team announced Thursday that it is scheduled to have four games televised live during the 2014 season.
ESPNU is set to broadcast the game when Missouri visits Auburn on March 27, scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Fox Sports Net is scheduled to broadcast three Missouri games on March 29, April 26 and May 10. The March 29 game is scheduled for noon at Auburn. The April 26 game is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Florida. The game May 10 is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at South Carolina.
The March 27 game at Auburn is the first of eight consecutive weeks that the ESPN networks will broadcast a “Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week.” Including those eight games, ESPN’s networks are scheduled to broadcast 22 Southeastern Conference baseball games live nationally this season, according to an SEC press release. Those 22 games include the semifinals and championship of the SEC tournament.
“We are very proud of the success and popularity of baseball in our league,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a press release. “We are pleased to be able to continue to offer an increased amount of television coverage of SEC baseball to our teams and to our fans. This continues to move our baseball exposure to new levels and to a national audience.”
Missouri is scheduled to open the season Feb. 14 against Richmond at Jacksonville, Fla. The Tigers’ first home game is set for Feb. 28 against Illinois-Chicago. Tennessee is Missouri’s first SEC opponent when the Volunteers come to Columbia the weekend of March 14 to 16.
Gavin Stark, a senior baseball player for Missouri, was arrested early Tuesday morning. (Photo: Boone County Sheriff’s Dept.)
A mostly disappointing season for the Missouri Tigers baseball team just received another blow, as senior infielder Gavin Stark was arrested on four charges Monday night and is still in custody.
The charges against Stark include first-degree burglary, first-degree property damage, second-degree assault and resisting arrest. While details surrounding Stark’s arrest are still scant, the incident occurred on the University of Missouri campus, near the Reynolds Alumni Center. Stark is being held on a combined $22,000 bond.
A team spokesman confirmed that the team is aware of the arrest and acknowledged that Stark has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by Missouri Athletics. Due to the nature of the charges, Stark isn’t allowed on university property until cleared by MU, which is unlikely in the near future since Stark is still being held.
Stark is currently in his second season with Missouri after transferring from Fort Scott Community College. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native started 17 games at first base for the Tigers last season, but has been mostly relegated to pinch hitting duties in 2013 thanks to the emergence of freshman Josh Lester. Stark is hitting .091 in 23 plate appearances for the 15-28 Tigers.
The Missouri baseball team endured another tough weekend, dropping all three games to Texas A&M (25-22, 10-13 Southeastern Conference) in College Station, Texas.
The Tigers struggled at the plate, hitting .194 for the weekend and leaving 25 runners on base. They also committed six errors in the field, with four coming in the ninth inning of the Saturday game.
The sweep moved Missouri (15-28, 7-17) in the wrong direction if they hope to make the conference tournament. Missouri has six games remaining on its SEC schedule with three at Alabama and three at home against Kentucky.