Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Home Opener, Wednesday March 4, 6:30 PM

■ The Western Illinois Leathernecks are 0-5 so far. As a team they are batting .264 and their pitching staff has an abysmal 13.50 ERA. In those 5 games they've been outscored 67-23. On their opening weekend they were slaughtered by the Oklahoma Sooners, 21-9, 15-4, 6-1 and 17-2.

This past weekend their series with Arkansas was shortened by the weather. But in the Friday game, the Leathernecks took the Razorbacks to extra innings, losing 8-7 in the 10th. has an audio interview with Tim Jamieson, with more interviews promised for later today:
Q:What do you think of passing John Simmons as the second winningest
coach? Does it mean anything to you or ...?

TJ: Oh, I thought perhaps that he was not allowing us to win. I don't care about me, but I thought, if he's holding the team back, but it seemed like some kind of a curse."
■ From Stripes & Seams, Five things you didn't know about Westrn Illinois:
Notable Alumni of Western Illinois include . . . Frank Winters (Brett Favre touched his butt)
■ Something else you probably don't know: Leatherneck Tyler Metcalf was a teammate of MU's Austin Holt at Barton Community College.

■ Weather forecast for Taylor Stadium: The weather forecasters have been wrong more than usual in Columbia over the past week (I'm still digging out from under the big snowfall that never arrived). But says the high Wednesday should be 54 degrees, with the temperature around 51 at game time, dropping to 46 by 10:00. 0% chance of precipitation, with 11 mph winds out of the SSE (blowing out to left field).

And if this is your first time going to a game at SimmonsField, you ought to know what the rest of us learned a long time ago: You can expect that it will be 5-10 degrees colder inside the ballpark than outside the ballpark. Bundle up, folks.

■ Questions about going to the game? Check out our FAQs:

· FAQ: Going to the Game: Directions, where to park, where to sit, what you can take in

· FAQ: Tickets

· FAQ: Where to eat, what to do in Columbia

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