It’s quite a turnaround for the Tigers, who have won 10 of their last 12 conference games to climb the conference standings.
“From where we’ve come from to where we are now, it’s been a long road,” MU Coach Tim Jamieson said. “I’m extremely proud of the effort that these guys have put in to get back to where we are. There’s no doubt in my mind now — we’re going to the postseason.”
Yesterday’s ninth inning was eerily similar to the teams’ finale two years ago on Simmons Field. In 2007, Kansas rallied from an eight-run deficit to take a 9-8 lead in the ninth inning. Missouri’s Evan Frey answered with a two-run shot in the bottom of the frame to give the Tigers the win.
“I can’t believe we did it again,” said senior Ryan Lollis, who delivered the shaving-cream pie to Ampleman. “It’s like the same series almost. Unbelievable. It’s so much fun. … It’s the best feeling you can ever imagine.”
■ Aaron Fitt's thoughts on Missouri, from Baseball America's Top 25 chat:
The Tigers are finally showing glimpses of why they were so highly regarded in the preseason, when we had them (admittedly over-ranked) at No. 10. I still have plenty of questions about the pitching staff and the offense, but they're playing well at the right time, and at least the staff is deep enough to give them plenty of options. They really need the Dr. Jekyll Tepesch to show up in the postseason, though.