Some light, spotty showers can be expected during the day Friday with daytime highs staying in the upper 40s. A band of rain will move in from the east overnight Friday and spread westward over mid-Missouri through early Saturday with winds at 15 to 20 mph from the north. A cold, steady rain will continue through the day Saturday, ending from late afternoon through early evening. Highest rainfall amounts will be found east of Highway 63 with lower amounts as you move west.■ Three Strikes: March 8 (Baseball America)
Missouri's streak of seven straight regionals looks to be in serious jeopardy. The Tigers play hard and are well coached, and they have some talented young players (especially Opel, center fielder Blake Brown and righthander Eric Anderson), but they simply lost too much from last year's team. They're very young, and they lack special arms aside from junior righty Nick Tepesch.
■ Missouri is currently ranked 71st with an RPI of .557 according to Boyd's World. Boyd has MU 50th in ISR. Neither stats count for a whole lot at this point, with so few games played.
■ The Xavier Musketeers are 1-10 on the season -- the 1 win coming against Georgia Tech, currently ranked #4 by Baseball America.
Cumulative score: 104-46Team batting average: .249, 2 team HR
Team ERA: 10.00. Best pitcher has an ERA of 5.84. Their weekend starters have a combined ERA of 8.14