Category Archives: Missouri Baseball

Mizzou baseball team struggling in second year in SEC

By Caroline Hecker

With conference records of 10-20 and 6-21 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, the 2014 Missouri baseball team is struggling in its second year in the Southeastern Conference.

Coach Tim Jamieson is winding down his 19th season and 2014 will mark only his fifth season as head coach with an overall record below .500. The Tigers have only had one winning season in the last four years coming in 2012, when Read more of this post

Missouri baseball swept by Commodores

Missouri sophomore Josh Lester walks to the dugout after the final out was recorded on Sunday, May 4, at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Lester batted 0-for-2 in Missouri’s 3-1 loss to Vanderbilt.

Missouri sophomore Josh Lester walks to the dugout after the final out was recorded on Sunday, May 4, at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Lester finished 0-for-2 in Missouri’s 3-1 loss to Vanderbilt.

Story by Caroline Hecker
Photos by Erik Hall

The Missouri Tigers didn’t have much luck against the No. 9 Vanderbilt Commodores this weekend.

Vanderbilt swept the Tigers on the weekend and Sunday’s 3-1 loss dropped the Tigers to 20-27 overall and 6-18 in conference play.

Tiger pitcher Keaton Steele pitched his first ever complete game, holding the Commodores scoreless through the final six innings.

The game on Sunday, May 4, 2014 marked Steele’s first start for Missouri this season. The team has suffered the loss of three pitchers in the last few weeks. Most notably, John Miles during Saturday’s game, who left after two innings with pain in his bicep.

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Fairbanks strong in loss to Vanderbilt

By Caroline Hecker

The Missouri baseball team extended its conference losing streak to eight games after falling to No. 9 Vanderbilt 5-1 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

The Tigers looked solid with a strong first and second inning led by starting pitcher John Miles.

But in the top of the third, the Missouri coaching staff realized something was wrong with Read more of this post

Missouri baseball drops series opener with Vanderbilt

By Erik Hall

COLUMBIA — Vanderbilt and Missouri baseball teams combined to score 11 runs on Friday night, but one misinterpretation in the sixth inning propelled the No. 9 Commodores to an 8-3 win at Taylor Stadium.

Second base umpire Randy Watkins pointed at Vanderbilt baserunner Xavier Turner in a sixth-inning rundown. The Tigers defense thought Watkins indicated Turner was ruled out for running out of the baseline. Instead, Watkins pointed to indicate Missouri shortstop Josh Lester missed the tag on Turner.

“Our guys thought he was out of the baseline, and when he points like that, that’s what he’s pointing at,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said.

Watkins’ point at Turner caused Read more of this post

Missouri wins final non-conference game 6-5 in extra innings

By Caroline Hecker

An early array of errors didn’t stop the Tigers from clawing back to an exciting 6-5 win in 11 innings over in-state rival Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Read more of this post

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 No. 8 Florida Gators.

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

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.

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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