May 28, 2015

Mizzou and Arkansas picked up by CBS Sports with the game played the Friday after Thanksgiving at 2:30 CT

Marcus Murphy scores against Arkansas to clinch the SEC East (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Marcus Murphy scores against Arkansas to clinch the SEC East (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

CBS Sports has selected a handful of Southeastern Conference football games for early television designation, and the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division champion Missouri Tigers will play on Thanksgiving Friday for the second-straight year against Western Division rival Arkansas.

Mizzou (11-3 overall, 7-1 in SEC play in 2014) will play at Arkansas (7-6, 2-6) on Friday, November 27th, with kickoff in Fayetteville set for 2:30 p.m. (central time) on CBS.  Last season, Mizzou clinched the SEC Eastern Division title by knocking off Arkansas, 28-21, in Columbia on the Friday of Thanksgiving week (Nov. 28, 2014).

High school baseball semifinals are set in Class 1-3 with quarterfinals tonight in Classes 4 and 5. Click here for the scores

High school baseball

High school baseball

Class 1 quarterfinal scores
Bell City 2, Dora 0
Northwest Hughesville 12, Macon County 6
Hurley 15, Dadeville 14
Atlanta 7, New Franklin 5

June 2nd
Bell City vs. N’west Hughesville
Hurley vs. Atlanta

Class 2 quarterfinal scores
Valley Catholic 3, Bernie 2
West Platte 8, Miller 0
New Bloomfield 7, Scotland County 1
Norwood 4, Marionville 2

June 3rd
Valle Catholic vs. West Platte
New Bloomfield vs. Norwood

Class 3 quarterfinal scores
Scott City 7, West County 3
Warsaw 5, Summit Christian Academy 2
Lutheran St. Charles 15, South Callaway 11
Fatima 8, Stockton 1

June 1st
Scott City vs. Warsaw
Lutheran St. Charles vs Fatima

Directions to T.R. Hughes Ballpark

Class 4 brackets

Class 5 brackets

Redemption, records and milestones highlight the Cardinals walk-off win and sweep of Arizona

Jason Heyward watches his leadoff home run in the ninth inning (photo/MLB)

Jason Heyward watches his leadoff home run in the ninth inning (photo/MLB)

Never count this team out.  After making an error in the sixth inning that allowed the go-ahead run to score, Jason Heyward redeemed himself with a game tying home run in the ninth.  An error allowed the Cardinals to score the winning run to steal a 4-3 win and sweep of Arizona.  The win also increased the St. Louis lead back to 5.5 games in the Central with Chicago’s loss to Washington.

Heyward booted a ball on a single to right field that allowed a runner to score from first.  That put Arizona on top 3-2 in the sixth.  Nick Ahmed hustled from first when Heyward misplayed a hit by pinch hitter David Peralta.  The play scored two for Arizona.

“I try to catch everything all the time,” Heyward said. “But at times I find myself trying too hard to get there and come up too late.”

After failing to drive in a run by popping out with the bases loaded in the fourth, Heyward came through in the ninth by leading off the inning with a homer.

“Thank goodness I was able to tie us up,” said Heyward.

Peter Bourjas used his legs to help win it.  With the bases loaded, Jhonny Peralta hit one to third baseman Yasmany Tomas who threw home for a force out and catcher Jordan Pacheco tried for a double play but his throw went over the head of  first baseman Paul Goldschmidt head after Bourjos’ slid into the back of his back leg.  Matt Carpenter scored the winning run.

That’s the redemption part of the story.  For the record books, Matt Holliday set a Cardinals franchise record by reaching safely in 43 straight games to start the season, passing Albert Pujols’ 2008 standard. It’s the longest run in the majors since Derek Jeter set the big-league record with 53 in a row in 1999.

Holliday on his National League record (video from MLB.com)

For the milestone, Kolten Wong hit his first career leadoff homer for St. Louis.

Royals losing streak reaches four as A-Rod goes deep for Yankees. Moose homers for K.C.

Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals who dropped their fourth straight

Mike Moustakas homered for the Royals who dropped their fourth straight (photo/MLB.com)

Brian McCann homered in the second inning and Alex Rodriguez delivered a three-run blast to left field off starting pitcher Chris Young as the Yankees swept the Royals for their fourth loss in a row in a 4-2 final.

Michael Pineda improved to 6-2 after going six-plus innings of one-run ball.  His lone blemish was a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the top of the second.

Young took his first loss of the year going six innings while striking out seven.

Truman’s State historic season comes to a close after two losses at the D-II College World Series. First winning season since ’82

Truman State went 0-2 at the NCAA D-II Baseball National Finals (photo/Trumanbulldogs.com)

Truman State went 0-2 at the NCAA D-II Baseball National Finals (photo/Trumanbulldogs.com)

Things may not have ended well for the Truman Baseball in the NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals, but it can’t dampen the historic run the Bulldogs put together. Their season ended on Tuesday with a 13-2 loss to Cal Poly Pomona. The Bulldogs season ends with a record of 35-21, their first winning record since 1982.

The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second when Dave Gambino singled and stole second.  Jarod Hahn drew a walk and Wyatt Fones was hit by a pitch to load the bases. T.J. Wood hit a two-run single into right center field for the lead.  Wood finished the tournament going 3 for 6 with two RBIs.

Cal Poly Pomona tied the game in the bottom of the second and then scored two in the fourth and three in the fifth to pull away.  The Broncos tacked on a run in the seventh and then five more in the eighth.  Ryan Olson improved to 12-0 on the season after throwing eight innings and allowing both runs on six hits and struck out 14 Truman hitters.

The Bulldogs historic season concludes with a school record 35 wins, and their first NCAA Tournament berth and Midwest Regional championship, along with their first trip to the Division II National Finals.