Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quotes & Notes: Rankings, MU on a roll

Big 12 Tournament details

■ MU in the polls and rankings:

#15 - Collegiate Baseball 5/18
#23 - Rivals.com 5/18
#24 - Baseball America 5/18
#25 - USA Today/ESPN 5/18
Not Ranked - NCBWA 5/18

#28 RPI BoydsWorld.com 5/18
#35 ISR BoydsWorld.com 5/18

■ From Baseball America's Top 25 Tracker:
The Tigers won their fifth straight weekend series and head to the Big 12 tournament as the No. 3 seed. Sr. 3B Kyle Mach (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) led the Missouri offense Saturday, and Sr. LHP Scooter Hicks (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the win in a predetermined four-inning start. Mach had three more hits Sunday, and Missouri's staff day included one scoreless inning of work from Jr. RHP Kyle Gibson.
Baseball America on the Big 12 teams prospects for the NCAA Regionals:
National seeds: Oklahoma is the darkhorse. The Sooners swept Texas A&M to finish second in the Big 12 and reach 40 wins. A strong showing in the conference tournament could vault OU to a national seed, though its RPI (17th) is working against it.

Regionals hosts: Kansas State lost its final two weekend series and likely squandered its chance to host. Texas A&M watched its chances evaporate in the last two weeks, going 1-5 against Texas and Oklahoma.

Bubble Teams for the Regionals:
- Kansas all but punched its ticket to regionals with a huge series win against rival Kansas State. The Jayhawks are now 36-19 overall, 14-12 in conference and 13-11 against the top 25. They have also boosted their RPI (44th) into solid at-large territory.
- Stick a fork in Baylor’s regional chances after the Bears were swept at Nebraska this weekend to finish 10-16 in the Big 12. A strong RPI (34th) won’t be nearly enough to make up for a 2-11 finish.

And for grins and chuckles: Louisville coach Dan McDonnell compares the infamous Chris Dominguez to Manny Ramirez.
■ Speaking of rankings, voting has concluded for our Monthly MVP polls: Greg Folgia and Kyle Gibson were chosen the MVPs for April. The May MVP voting will be open at the conclusion of the Big 12 Tournament.

■ Baseball America's Aaron Fitt, in their Top 25 Chat:
In college baseball, momentium has alot to do with winning, who are some of the hottest teams going into this weekends tours.

Missouri finishes regular season on a roll (Columbia Tribune)
For the Missouri hitters, a six-day layoff contributed to slow starts in each of the games of the final regular-season series against Cal State-Bakersfield.

For the MU pitchers, the coaching staff gave them just enough work in the series to prepare them for the Big 12 Tournament. Though Kyle Gibson is likely to start Wednesday against Texas A&M, everybody is available for the opener.

As far as the team is concerned, the Tigers have won 15 of their last 19 games and are entering the postseason with a lot of momentum after yesterday’s 8-5 victory.
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Junior catcher Trevor Coleman is not expected to be available for the Big 12 Tournament. Coleman, out since April 28 with a broken hand, is scheduled to have the pins removed from his hand Thursday before joining his teammates in Oklahoma City. That would give him eight days to rehab before the NCAA Tournament.

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