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CBD Visit: Kansas hammers Missouri

Blake Brown led off the game for Missouri with a single. Then that was it.

Missouri failed to get another hit for the rest of the game in its 7-1 loss to Kansas Wednesday night. Most of the Tigers’ offensive struggles were due to Thomas Taylor, who had a career night at Kauffman Stadium, adding to his already impressive résumé at the Royals’ park. The Jayhawk struck out nine batters in six innings, allowing only one run. Eight of his first 10 outs recorded were strikeouts. In two career starts now at Kauffman Stadium, Taylor has allowed only one run in 11.2 innings, with a dominant 17 strikeouts. Continue reading CBD Visit: Kansas hammers Missouri

Dartmouth sweeps Doubleheader from Columbia

Columbia vs. Dartmouth – Game 1

Dartmouth started it with a homerun and ended it with a homerun.

The third and final homer of the game for the Big Green came off the bat of first baseman Jason Brooks on the first pitch of the day for Tim Giel. Columbia starting pitcher Pat Lowry had just left the game with a 4-3 lead and runners on first and second; but Giel grooved a fastball down the middle on his first release, setting up Brooks to poke one over the right centerfield wall. The three-run homer was all that Dartmouth needed to cap off its 6-4 win in game one of its doubleheader at Columbia on Saturday. Continue reading Dartmouth sweeps Doubleheader from Columbia

Missouri: Play Smart and Aggressive?

If the Missouri Tigers leave the field with both their bodies and their opponents’ bodies fully intact, then they have not executed their gameplan.

However, there is a clear discrepancy between plan and execution. With a 4-9 record, Missouri has deviated from its small ball philosophy all too often to play winning baseball in the Big 12. On Friday, those inconsistencies were on full display. Continue reading Missouri: Play Smart and Aggressive?

Heaslip Excels In Last-Second Start

If you watched the Illinois-Chicago game at Missouri on Sunday, you would probably think that Matt Salemi was on the mound for the Flames.

He was throwing well; He was throwing strikes; He was wearing number 35: all ways usually to describe Illinois-Chicago’s best pitcher. But nope, no Salemi on the mound. It was Matt Heaslip. Continue reading Heaslip Excels In Last-Second Start

Zastrynzy leads Missouri to Doubleheader Split

Start learning to pronounce his name.

Then, once you have that down, learn how to spell it.

Don’t complain about the wind in Taylor Stadium; it’s just a byproduct of Rob Zastryzny sprinting his way to notoriety in Columbia, MO. In the Missouri freshman’s third start of the year, he allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings, on par with his season’s numbers coming in – 10.2 innings pitched and four earned runs allowed. Continue reading Zastrynzy leads Missouri to Doubleheader Split

Jamieson looking to lead Missouri back to NCAA Tourney

Eighth place in the Big 12 hardly breeds positivity, but just tell that to the Missouri Tigers.

The Tigers finished just 2.5 games better than last place Oklahoma state last season and were picked in the preseason Big 12 coaches’ poll to finish last in the conference for 2011, Now, coming off a disappointing 29-26 (10-16) season, there are plenty of new faces in the Missouri clubhouse. Continue reading Jamieson looking to lead Missouri back to NCAA Tourney

Kentucky’s Season Depends On Three Players

It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.

Four games below .500 is a disappointment. No team enters the season with high hopes of a 13-17 conference record with no postseason to show of it; But that is the type of season the University of Kentucky had to manage last year. However, the Wildcats do carry some momentum into the upcoming season. Continue reading Kentucky’s Season Depends On Three Players