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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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Haith leaves Mizzou, excited for chance to build program at Tulsa

Missouri begins search for new men’s basketball coach

By The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. —Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as its men’s basketball coach Friday, landing a major-conference coach to lead the Golden Hurricane’s transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference this summer.

The 48-year-old Haith said the move came quickly: He was contacted Thursday and was particularly interested by Tulsa’s upcoming move to the home of national champion UConn and teams like Memphis and Cincinnati.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Haith said. “There’s no question that Tulsa’s move into the American Athletic Conference was a Read more of this post

Offense, defense don’t back up Missouri pitching in 13-inning loss


By Erik Hall
Photos by Caroline Hecker

Failed execution in the final innings cost the Missouri baseball team during Friday’s 2-1 loss to Georgia in 13 innings.
“Before we lose the game, we should have won the game,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said.
Missouri loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Tigers ended the threat with a strikeout and a groundout.
“The way they played their defense there, all you have to do is put the ball in play in the outfield, and the game is over,” Jamieson said. “The whole inning was set up to win, and we didn’t find a way to do it.”
Defensive lapses in the 13th inning sent Georgia home with the win. Georgia No. 6 hitter Daniel Nichols hit a ball to right-center field that was scored a double, but it would more accurately be called a single and defensive indifference.

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Gary Pinkel and Mike Alden Talk to Fans in Google Hangout

By Mary Kate Burgess

COLUMBIA – Missouri’s head football coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden held the fifth annual Google Hangout with Pinkel Wednesday afternoon. Fans were able to interact with Pinkel and Alden to ask questions.

MU sports fans entered the conversation by tweeting Pinkel, attaching questions to the hashtag “hangoutwithGP.” A few fans were able to video chat with Pinkel and Alden during the Google Hangout.

The conversation covered SEC recruiting, the construction being done on the stadium and how the construction has increased ticket sales.

Pinkel was asked to address what changes had to be made in the recruiting process after joining the SEC.

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Missouri defeats Kentucky in SEC showdown

By Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – The Missouri Tigers opened up their SEC season with a win against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats 7-2 in their home opener Friday night.

The Tigers got a great outing from freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, who gave up only two runs on nine hits at her first home game for Missouri. The Wildcats also had nine hits in the game, but the Tigers were able to capitalize and comfortably beat the Wildcats.

“Coming out strong in the first inning was great,” Finucane said. “It also helped with that mental aspect of going out there and throwing strikes.”

Entering Friday’s game the top of the lineup for Missouri had been hot.  The trio of Taylor Gadbois, Sami Fagan and Emily Crane combined for 78 hits through 20 games, for an average of 3.9 hits per game.

This trend continued into the bottom of the first inning, when both Gadbois and Crane doubled, as Missouri scored two runs in the inning. All three would get at least one hit in game one against the Wildcats, bringing their combined season total to 83 hits.

“Going out there and getting on base and getting that big one to start it off, that was awesome,” said Crane following the game. “I was excited.”

Missouri continued the scoring in the third inning, with two more runs. Fagan started the inning with a double, and two batters later Angela Randazzo homered to left field, driving in two runs.

The Tigers would add two more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Kentucky would tack on two runs in the last inning, but it would not be enough to climb back.  It was the third win in a row from the Tigers, who were coming off a two game win streak in Evansville, Ind.

“If we can come out tomorrow and Sunday and play the same way, and get the bat on the ball and get that many hits up on the board, we shouldn’t have a problem,” Crane said.

Missouri and Kentucky will play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

What To Expect When the Tigers Visit Athens

By: Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – The Missouri men’s basketball team will travel to Athens, GA on Tuesday to play the Georgia Bulldogs.

Both Missouri (19-8, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) and Georgia (15-11, 9-5 SEC) were in action on Saturday with the Tigers losing to Alabama and the Bulldogs defeating South Carolina.

Before heading to Georgia on Monday, Missouri coach Frank Haith and guard Earnest Ross met with media members to discuss the upcoming matchup. (Length: 2:27)


Everett ready to help Mizzou from anywhere on the field

By Erik Hall

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.

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.


Mizzou men’s team must win-out for a chance at NCAA bid

By Mary Kate Burgess

Jabari Brown leans against defenders as he drives to the basket against Georgia in this January 2014 photo.

Jabari Brown leans against defenders as he drives to the basket against Georgia in this January 2014 photo. Brown is Missouri’s leading scorer.

As the basketball season comes to a close, the teams that are still on the bubble for the NCAA tournament need to begin worrying about being the first five out. In the Southeastern Conference, two teams are a lock. Florida and Kentucky have played solid ball all season and are locks for the tournament.

Missouri, on the other hand, is in the tournament as of right now.  However, the Tigers are one bad loss away from having their tournament dreams go down the drain. In order to earn one of the 68 spots in  the tournament, the Tigers need to win the rest of their remaining games, including a must-win at Georgia.

The Tigers had a good start to their season with a solid win over then- No. 18 UCLA, but a one-point loss to a bad Illinois team followed by losses to Georgia at home in overtime, a loss to Read more of this post

Bullpen, veterans shine as Missouri baseball starts season 2-1

By Caroline Hecker

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

Mizzou ends signing day with depth at receiver, defensive back

By Ryan Shiner

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel talks with reporters about the 28 recruits Missouri signed during National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Ryan Shiner.

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel talks with reporters about the 28 recruits Missouri signed during National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Ryan Shiner.

The recruiting period for next year’s incoming freshman class is now complete, and Missouri football walked away with 28 recruits.

The two most abundant positions for this year’s incoming class are wide receiver and defensive back each with six signees. According to coach Gary Pinkel, Missouri had a specific amount of players it wanted at these positions.

“We had a number we want to hit in every position and hit every number,” Pinkel said. “If you look at our receiving core, we were losing some high level players (this year) and some more players next year.”

Receivers coach Pat Washington explained why the number of receiver recruits is higher this year. Read more of this post

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