Both the Cardinals and Royals finished with 13 hits in their wins. The Missouri Tigers lost in 17 innings, watch the highlights here and Mike Matheny’s kid, Tate, pulls off a gutsy baserunning manuever…it leads to Missouri State’s win in the MVC Tournament.
The Missouri Tigers baseball season came to an end on the opening day of the SEC Tournament as the Tigers were eliminated by fifth seeded Mississippi State, 2-1, in 17 innings, Tuesday night in Hoover, AL.
Junior ace Rob Zastryzny went 9.0 innings, allowing just seven hits and one earned run while striking out seven along with two walks. He threw 124 pitches. Keaton Steele went 7.0 innings, allowing no earned runs while scattering eight hits and striking out five.
Mizzou grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Brannon Champagne lined a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. On a second pitch in the dirt, Champagne darted for third and then scored on a wild throw by the catcher that went into left field.
Zastryzny’s only blemish was a two out single in the fifth that tied the game at 1-1. It stayed that way until the 17th, when the Bulldogs scored again on a two out single after a leadoff walk given up by Jake Walsh, who entered in the final inning.
The loss ends Mizzou’s season as it drops to 18-32 on the year, its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. The game played on Tuesday tied the longest in SEC history and was the longest game in Mizzou history. The game lasted four hours and 39 minutes, and despite going 17 innings, Mizzou used just three pitchers. Junior lefty Jake Walsh (Plano, Texas) earned the loss while the win went to Will Cox, who went 3.0 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Watch the highlights courtesy of SEC Video
The Missouri Tigers face Mississippi State in their first SEC Tournament game…it’s a battle of the defending tournament champs. Mizzou won the Big 12 title last year and the Bulldogs won the SEC crown. Their head coach John Cohen was an assistant under Tigers head coach Tim Jamieson.
The Royals are 3-11 since May 6th. Their 6-5 loss to Houston last night was their seventh, one-run loss in that span.
Mitchell Boggs recall from Triple-A Memphis, nearly has a home run pitch deposited into a trash can at Petco Park as the Padres beat the Cardinals. I’ve got the video for you to watch.
Former Baylor swingman Deuce Bello, will transfer to Mizzou, and have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the upcoming 2013-14 season. Bello, 6’4, averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game as a sophomore last season.
Bello told Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, “I just feel like the coaching staff is good, and I’ve been cool with (associate coach) Tim (Fuller) for a while,” Bello said. “At Baylor, we played Mizzou three times and I like their style of play. They get up and down the floor and press. Plus I’ve been on the campus so I know what it’s like.”
Bello, who weighs 187 pounds, would like to get up to 205, and while he was used primarily as a defensive specialist with the Bears, he says Mizzou sees more in him that just defense. That was appealing to Bello, plus he said he likes the way the Tigers play having faced them three times two seasons ago. He also likes the campus.
Mizzou, picked to finish last in the SEC in preseason poll by the league’s coaches, has qualified for the SEC Tournament as the No. 12 overall seed in its first year as a member of the conference. The Tigers put together a 10-20 mark in SEC play and actually have more SEC wins (10) than non-conference wins (eight) this season.
As the Mizzou baseball team prepares for its SEC Tournament first round matchup with fifth-seeded Mississippi State, Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson took time to meet with reporters on Monday. Mississippi State head coach John Cohen also met with reporters to talk about the first-round matchup and the history between the two coaches – Cohen was a former assistant at Mizzou under Jamieson and former head coach Gene McArtor.
Kevin McCrarey of South Carolina Radio Network talks about Mizzou’s first round opponent, plus gives us insight on the Gamecocks should the Tigers beat the Bulldogs on Tuesday.