Friday, May 22, 2009

Round 2: MU vs. Texas Tech, 3:00 PM

■ Thursday in Oklahoma City:
Texas 9, Kansas 3
Kansas State 9, Baylor 4

KSU and UT play Saturday - the winner advances to the championship game from that pool.

Today in OKC:
3:00 PM Mizzou vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Live video available for all games at

■ What happened the last time the Tigers and Red Raiders met this season?

Johnny Wholeteam sweeps Tech: 18-7, 9-5, 15-2

Maybe it was the field: "Missouri in general is just a tough place for an away team," said Brian Cloud, who will take the mound today for the Red Raiders. "The facilities aren't exactly what you want, the playing surface isn't what you would want it to be, but it's a place where Missouri plays good." (Daily Toreador, 4/24)

■ Sources tell me the Founder and mentor of the infamous Tech Hecklers is at the Big 12 Tournament this week. There was a great article on him this weekend at Lubbock Online: For Chris Snead, heckling more than words:

Rather than simply be another face in the crowd, Snead took fandom to the next level. The result was the birth of an organization called the Tech Hecklers. Hays said Snead and Bill Gustafson, whose son, Mike, played for the Red Raiders, should get the lion's share of credit for not just starting the group but guiding it to success.
. . .
"We bill ourselves as baseball fans, and we're baseball guys and girls," Snead said. "When someone comes into our group, they learn our rules."

Indeed, posted right there on the Heckler Web site are the "10 Commandments of Heckling," taken straight from Snead's book. The mandates include admonitions such as "Thou shalt not use profanity," "Thou shalt not cross the line," and "Thou shalt remember the children."

■ What a shame: AJ "Papi Chulo" Ramos will not likely be pitching against the Tigers, since he pitched game 1 for Tech on Wednesday (and lost). If you truly miss him, you can read about him in Ramos ready to shoulder load for Tech in tourney (, including a video. Or revisit his myspace page, just for laughs.

Kendall at thinks MU could be a dark horse to host a Regional:

If there's an incredibly surprising No. 1 seed or host on Selection Monday, Missouri could be the team if it continues to take care of business in the Big 12 tournament. The Tigers have been red-hot the past few weeks and finished the regular season in impressive fashion. What may hold Missouri back, though, is the fact it is 12-16 against top-50 RPI teams. That is not very good for a team hosting a regional... so I think for now that is an extremely long shot, but you never know.
■ Latest projections for NCAA Regional locations/seedings:

The College Baseball Blog: Missouri a #2 seed at Baton Rouge, LA against #1 LSU, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Mississippi Valley State. An hilariously woeful MVSU came to Simmons Field a few years ago - they must have made huge improvements to be considered a likely conference champ. Missouri a #2 seed at Tempe, AZ against #1 Arizona State, #3 Gonzaga and #4 New Mexico. Let's hope that doesn't happen. Missouri a #2 seed at Oxford, MS against #1 Ole Miss, #3 Middle Tennessee and #4 Army. That one wouldn't be so bad.

■ Also up this weekend: Missouri softball team focused on Super Regional (Columbia Missourian):
With classes over, Allen and the other members of the No. 11 ranked Missouri softball team can focus on how to beat No. 2 UCLA in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series this weekend in Los Angeles. A win over DePaul on Sunday put the Tigers (48-9) in what is essentially the Sweet 16 of college softball. The winner of the matchup this weekend will advance to the NCCAA College World Series of Softball.

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