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Mizzou Knocks Off South Carolina 82-74

Story by Michael Losch
Photos by Cody Mroczka

Missouri guard Jabari Brown (32) fights for a loose ball between South Carolina defenders Mindaugas Kacinas (25) and Michael Carrera (24) on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Mizzou Arena. Brown led the Tigers in scoring with 24 points. Photo by Cody Mroczka.

Missouri guard Jabari Brown (32) fights for a loose ball between South Carolina defenders Mindaugas Kacinas (25) and Michael Carrera (24) on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Mizzou Arena. Brown led the Tigers in scoring with 24 points.

COLUMBIA — Missouri had no trouble finding the open man in its 82-74 victory against visiting South Carolina Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers produced a season-high 18 assists, well above their season average of 10.3 per game.

“It’s not just the passer’s willingness to pass, but it’s guys moving without the ball,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 24 points and put up a career-best six assists. Jordan Clarkson added 22 points and Read more of this post

Mizzou squanders 17-0 lead, suffers first loss

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by the Associated Press

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk scrambles as South Carolina linebacker  Marcquis Roberts tries to bring him down.

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk scrambles as South Carolina linebacker Marcquis Roberts tries to bring him down.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — With a 17-0 lead entering the fourth quarter, No. 5 Missouri found itself 15 minutes away from having the opportunity to clinch the Southeastern Conference East Division with a win at home next week against Tennessee.

The only problem was that the Tigers had to face South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who entered Saturday night’s game in the third quarter and converted 20 consecutive passes in the teams’ matchup last year.

After pitching a shutout in the first half, Missouri yielded five consecutive Gamecocks scoring drives to end the game and lose 27-24 in two overtimes. Maty Mauk threw for 249 yards and a touchdown in his second career start, while Marcus Murphy added two scores on the ground.

“So its not one guy here. We all could have done something different today too to help win that football game”.

But Andrew Baggett’s 24-yard field goal attempt clanked off the left goal post, leaving the team in a vulnerable position Read more of this post

Randazzo leads Mizzou in sweep of South Carolina

By Karl Roskamp

Even soggy conditions couldn’t stop the red-hot bats of No. 6 Missouri (20-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) as the Tigers swept the South Carolina Gamecocks (18-14, 1-8 SEC) in a doubleheader at University Field on Saturday evening.

“We’re doing what you’re supposed to do when you face that caliber of pitching,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “We’re scoring a lot of runs and I’m proud of the girls for that.”

In the first game, Missouri had 10 hits and three home runs en route to a 12-3 victory.  Sophomore Angela Randazzo started a career day with a three-run home run in the third inning and a two-run home run in fourth inning to stretch the lead to 10-3.  In her last five games, Randazzo is batting 7-10, which may reflect her extra effort off the field.

“Angie’s on fire.  I give that girl props,” sophomore Corrin Genovese said.  “She’s in here early working and stays late and she’s very determined and it’s showing obviously in her batting average.”

Even Genovese got in on the home run action with a two-run blast into the left field bleachers. It was just her second home run of the season, which made the score 3-0.

“I’m not a home run hitter,” Genovese said. “Everyone is just getting on base and the power hitters are bringing in the runs.”

The performance wasn’t without blemishes though.  Second basemen Emily Crane had two errors in the first game.  Crane’s second error came on a dropped force out to second.  Compounded by a Randazzo error on the next play, South Carolina was able to score three runs off Lindsey Muller, who had taken over for Chelsea Thomas with an 8-0 lead.

“I got mad at the infielders at the end of the game,” Earleywine said.  “I feel like Lindsey got six or seven outs in that inning and we kept throwing the ball around and those kind of things will cost you in a game against an Alabama or a Tennessee.”

Thomas returned after Muller allowed the third run and struck out Codee Yeskee on a full count to end the inning.  Thomas finished with 3.1 innings pitched, one hit allowed and four strikeouts despite a sore finger.  Senior Nicole Hudson closed the final inning after allowing one hit and one walk.

In the second game, the Tigers scored six runs in the first inning to win easily 8-0.  The win was the team’s 10th in a row and its sixth consecutive run rule game.

Randazzo continued her hot hitting, going 2-3 with four RBIs. Her two-run home run in the first inning extended Missouri’s lead to 3-0 and her two-run double made it 8-0 in the third.  Randazzo doubled her season total for home runs in a single day, something that rates high amongst her career achievements.

“In my book, this ranks pretty high,” Randazzo said. “I’d never done that before.  I’ve had two home runs in a game, but never three in two games.”

“She wants to start bad and the message to her at the start of the year was that you need to do something extraordinary to get into this line up,” Earleywine said.  “She’s doing extraordinary right now.”

Randazzo finished 4-6 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the doubleheader.  Chelsea Thomas pitched all five innings of the second game, struck out eight, walked three and allowed four hits.  She improved her record to 12-1 on the season and has the lowest ERA in the NCAA.

The Tigers have now forced the mercy rule in half their games this season.  Part of the success comes from Earleywine’s constant tinkering with the lineup.  In the doubleheader, for the first time all season, he used the same lineup in consecutive games.   The offensive production may also mean hitters are meshing at the right time.

“I think that everyone has really settled into what kind of hitters we are,” Genovese said.  “Ultimately, we’re swinging at the right pitches and our timing is on.”

Missouri’s next games will be against Missouri State in a doubleheader on April 3 at Killian Stadium in Springfield, Mo.

Quick Hits:

  • Nicole Hudson overtook Jenna Marston for the school record in walks. Both were tied going into the night at 118, but Hudson drew three walks and Marston drew two.
  • In Game 1, Chelsea Thomas’ average inning length was 4 minutes and 1 second.  South Carolina pitchers averaged 12 minutes and 55 seconds per inning.
  • Missouri now has the best conference record in the SEC at 7-1.
  • Carlie Rose’s strikeout in the second inning of the second game ended a three and a half game streak without a strikeout for the Tigers.
  • In the second game, Missouri hitters had two walks in each of the four innings.
  • Earleywine used the same lineup in consecutive games for the first time this season.

Roth and Thomas Help Mizzou Cruise to Win Over South Carolina

By Karl Roskamp

Sophomore Kelsea Roth’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the first inning help propel No. 6 Missouri to a 10-2 six-inning win over South Carolina Saturday evening at University Field.

“We’re in a five game stretch where we’ve swung it really well,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “I’m just praying that it continues.”

The home run was Roth’s third in the last seven games and her ninth of the season. The Tigers are now 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference and 18-2 overall. The Gamecocks dropped to 1-6 SEC and 18-12 overall.

“That ball was crushed,” pitcher Chelsea Thomas said.  “I love to see any ball hit like that as long as it’s not off me.”

The Gamecocks were unable to answer as Thomas threw four no-hit innings before handing off to senior Nicole Hudson. Thomas had seven strikeouts, all swinging, but uncharacteristically walked three hitters. She had walked 10 hitters in her Read more of this post

Hot-shooting Mizzou beats South Carolina 90-68

By the Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On a night where Missouri shot almost 70 percent from the field, the Tigers knew the key player was someone who never shot the ball.

Point guard Phil Pressley had nine assists, running the offense for Missouri (20-8, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) almost to perfection in the Tigers 90-68 win over South Carolina on Thursday night.

“A guy can affect the game like that without taking a shot in a positive way. There are few guys in the country that can do that,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

Missouri shot 69.6 percent (32 of 46) for the game, and plenty of those baskets were easy. The Tigers had 10 dunks and 46 points in the paint to pick up just their second win on the road this season. Missouri shot just nine 3-pointers, making six of them against overmatched South Carolina (13-15, 3-12).

Plenty of those plays were set up by Pressley, the SEC leader in assists at seven a game.

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Ross, Brown fuel Missouri second half surge against South Carolina

Story by Joe Vozzelli
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Phil Pressey (1) and Earnest Ross (33) are all smiles late in the game against South Carolina. Both men hit key 3-point shots in the second half to help secure the 71-65 win at Mizzou Arena.

Phil Pressey (1) and Earnest Ross (33) are all smiles late in the game against South Carolina. Both men hit key 3-point shots in the second half to help secure the 71-65 win at Mizzou Arena.

On a night when Missouri had two stars out of action, Earnest Ross gave the Tigers much needed scoring, despite being a game time decision to play.

Ross injured his back a week ago after he took two hard spills in the Georgia game. Missouri remained without Laurence Bowers, who is rehabbing a sprained right knee, for the fourth straight game.

And Keion Bell sat out to rest a sprained ankle he suffered against Florida last Saturday.

Ross netted a season-high 21 points in Missouri’s 71-65 victory over South Carolina and also might have notched the biggest shot of the game.

With the game tied at 63 and about one minute left in the game, the bulky 6-foot-5 guard Ross hit a 3-point shot to give the Tigers the lead in seesaw second half, where there were seven lead changes. Ross’ 3-pointer accounted for the final lead change of the game.

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