No. 2 seed Missouri is holding ace pitcher Kyle Gibson for Saturday’s game in the Oxford Regional, meaning top-seeded Ole Miss would have to face the right-hander if both the Tigers and Rebels win their Friday games.■ Post-practice press conference in Oxford today
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“Kyle is our most experienced pitcher and part of the argument might be that you need to throw him the first game because there’s no guarantee, which there isn’t, but for us to win the regional he's going to have to beat (Ole Miss in the second round),” Jamieson said.Later he added: “We’re not here to win on Friday. We’re here to win the regional.”
■ Bulked up ace key for Tigers in tourney (Columbia Tribune):
Missouri pitching coach Tony Vitello knew the best way to get results out of then-freshman Kyle Gibson — the long and lean right-hander was not going to back down from a challenge.
So Vitello set up a running competition to see which of them could reach 200 pounds the quickest.
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So of all the stats Gibson has collected during his three-year career at Missouri, his favorite is 40. He is now a solid 208, and he has bragging rights over his coach.
“I was at 190, and he was at 192, and he was always ragging me because he weighed more than I did,” Gibson said. “I just had to put him in silence, because he talks enough during practice.”
■ The 2009 Louisville Slugger All-American Baseball Team was announced today at CollegiateBaseball.com. Kyle Gibson was named to the 2nd Team.