Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mizzou Baseball Quotes: Wood Bats, Money & Gold

Nick Tepesch and Conner Mach are doing well in the Cape Cod League with the Falmouth Commodores:

The Falmouth Commodores tallied their first home victory of the season Saturday night, beating the Wareham Gatemen by a score of 5-0. Falmouth starter Nick Tepesch (Missouri)—who gave up eight runs in just three plus innings his last time out—bounced back with a brilliant night. Tepesch gave up just two hits over six innings of scoreless ball. One of those two hits was a bunt single by Wareham’s Ryan Pineda (California State Northridge). Tepesch would also have to work around three errors committed by his infield. (http://www.falcommodores.org/)

For just the third time this season, the Commodores struck first offensively. After Scott Lawson (Miami) was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first frame, Josh Adams(Florida) and Murray Watts (Arkansas State) followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. One out later, Connor Mach (Missouri) delivered with a bloop, two-out, two-R.B.I. single to put Falmouth up early.

Cape Cod League stats

Ryan Clubb and Kelly Fick are doing well with the San Luis Obispo Blues this summer:
• Fick struck out 6 batters and allowed zero earned runs in a Blues win this weekend (story)
• Ryan Clubb pitched 1-1/3 innings in relief on Saturday, with 2 strikeouts and 2 hits.
■ I've received several tips about the summer-ball locations of Mizzou players and have updated our list accordingly: 2009 Summer Ball List

Sam Lind is reportedly transferring to Central Arizona College this fall, along with Brian Carr.

You Make the Call: Voting for 2009 Mizzou MVPs concludes at the end of June. Current vote leaders:
Newcomer of the Year: Conner Mach is edging out Michael Liberto for the lead
Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Gibson has a commanding lead
Player of the Year: Greg Folgia and Kyle Mach are neck-and-neck for the lead
Voting is still going on in the left-hand navigation bar here at SimmonsField.com

■ Would you like to know how Mizzou ranks (nationally and in the Big 12) in total athletics revenue? No you don't. But Barking Carnival has the ugly details for you anyway.

The Golden Spikes is Baseball's Heisman - Without all the Flops (Wall Street Journal)
Top baseball prospects are notoriously prone to flopping as professionals, but winners of the Golden Spikes -- an award given to the best amateur player after the conclusion of the college season -- are actually becoming more reliable than player-of-the-year honorees in other sports.

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