April 21, 2014

Maty Mauk shines in Mizzou Black and Gold game

The Mizzou One team scored 20 straight points, but a late touchdown lifted Tigers Two to a 21-20 victory in the Black and Gold scrimmage Saturday at Faurot Field.

Tigers Two, made up of the reserves, was granted a 14-0 lead to start the game. On its first drive of the game, the backups picked up a huge third-down conversion when senior WR Gavin Otte hauled in a diving 33-yard catch. The walk-on’s highlight grab proved to be the only first down that the Mizzou One defense allowed in the first half.

On Mizzou One’s opening drive, Maty Mauk set the tone with 38-yard seam pass to Darius White. Tailback Marcus Murphy caught a pass out of the backfield and knifed his way into the red zone, but the starters were forced to settle for an Andrew Baggett 30-yard field goal to make it 14-3.

The starting defensive unit got a quick stop on the following possession as Shane Ray picked up a sack. Then Mauk cashed in again, driving down the field to set up another field goal. After a 12-yard screen pass to Bud Sasser, Mauk lofted a pass up to Jimmie Hunt, who spun out of a tackle and bullied his way to the three-yard line. Baggett’s 21-yard field goal pulled Mizzou One closer, 14-6. [Read more...]

Cardinals fall in series finale, settle for split with Washington

Denard Span’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in the finale of a four-game set from Nationals Park.

Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton had three hits apiece for Washington and poked back-to-back singles with one away in the home half of the ninth off of Seth Maness (0-1). Nate McLouth then stepped in as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk to load the bags for Span, who fouled off four pitches before plating Espinosa with his lineout to left.

Rafael Soriano (1-0) pitched a perfect top of the ninth to each his first win of the season.

The Nationals were winners despite hitting just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leaving 17 men on base.

The Cardinals went up 1-0 in the second inning when Jhonny Peralta’s double- play grounder allowed Matt Adams, who doubled to lead off the frame, to score without a throw. [Read more...]

Royals fall short in attempt to sweep Minnesota

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals, avoiding a sweep in the series finale of a three-game set.

Kurt Suzuki drove in a pair of runs and Chris Colabello, Jason Kubel and Eduardo Escobar picked up an RBI apiece for the Twins, who have won six of nine. Josmil Pinto added a solo home run and scored twice for Minnesota.

Twins starter Phil Hughes (1-1) surrendered nine hits and three runs through six-plus innings on the hill to earn the win.

Alcides Escobar was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored and Omar Infante drove in one for Kansas City, which saw a five-game win streak come to a halt.

Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura (1-1) surrendered four runs over four-plus frames of work, fanning six and allowing four walks. [Read more...]

Blues use late comeback to take Game 2

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock knows a lot about this type of playoff series. The emotion. The grinding. Those tense minutes that turn ordinary stomachs but give the longtime coach pleasure.

He said he’s been through them before with Dallas. And probably Philadelphia, too.

“It’s kind of fun to be honest with you,” Hitchcock said. “In a sick way.”

His Blues pulled out another heart-stopping win Saturday to take a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

After Ryan Miller’s shutout streak ended in a hail of deflected shots off the sticks of Chicago defensemen, one of the goal-scorers took what could be a series-changing penalty, and Hitchcock’s Blues pounced. [Read more...]

Mizzou sophomore forward Ryan Rosburg on the departure of Frank Haith

On the last 24 hours…

“It started with a text from my high school coach asking what the rumors were about. I had no idea, its actually crazy how good some of you are at your jobs. We got a text earlier in the day that we were going to have a team meeting at 2:45 p.m. I kind of thought the two went together. So we had our meeting and didn’t really get a definite answer of what was going to happen. Basically he just told us that he would call us whether he decided to take the job or not. So we kind of sat around and waited, and of course saw some things online. We finally got things figured out this morning.”

On the mood of the team…

“Everyone was just shocked, everyone doesn’t really know what to expect. This is the last thing I thought would happen today, I mean I was expecting some assistant coaches maybe to leave (Mark Phelps), everyone has new opportunities, I just wasn’t expecting that.” [Read more...]