It’s the third weekend in a row that the Tigers (17-13, 2-6 Big 12) will go into the final game of a series trailing 0-2. The Tigers have come back to win the final game on the other occasions, but losing the first two games is a a trend Missouri needs to stop.■ Sooners tame Tigers, 6-4, snap four-game conference losing streak (Crimson and Cream Machine)
Missouri would score again in the top of the 9th but it was too little too late for the Tigers. This was a win that Oklahoma desperately had to have and they fought tooth and nail for it. The win, along with a few key losses, boosted the Sooners up into 3rd place in the conference standings. Of course that means absolutely nothing if OU can't finish off this series. They'll be in position to win the series Saturday afternoon but could really use a three game sweep. That's something they've not yet been able to accomplish this season.■ Critical error does in Tigers (Columbia Tribune)
Oklahoma (24-6, 4-4) broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run seventh inning, which included a two-run home run from Cameron Seitzer. All three runs were unearned after Ricky Eisenberg reached on a three-base error by second baseman Eric Garcia to open the inning.First baseman extends hitting steak, but Missouri baseball loses to Oklahoma (Columbia Missourian)
The Tigers had four players with multi-hit days, including first baseman Aaron Senne, who had three hits for the fourth straight game. Senne extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games.■ Bouncing back to win (Norman Transcript)
Missouri (17-12, 2-5) didn’t get a big inning because Neal didn’t allow them. The Tigers stranded six base runners in first three innings and only one of their 11 hits went for extra bases.■ University of Missouri Unsung Hero: Andreas Plackis and Terry Dennis (WeAreMizzou.blogspot.com)
On April 16, 2010 Andreas Plackis and Terry Dennis will be awarded with the MU Unsung Hero Award. The nominees are judged on their contributions to Mizzou and the greater Columbia community. More specifically the award identifies individuals who do the behind the scenes work that make differences in the life or lives of somebody else. The Unsung Hero award is looking for the humble and ‘unsung’ because nobody else does.
Andreas and Terry have shown selfless dedication and excellence of character throughout their time at Mizzou. They are very deserving student-athletes and you can look for them to continue to do great works for others and in the community as they progress in life.
MU in the Minors
■ RC Interview with Aaron Crow (RoyalsCorner.com) [Subscription required]
Aaron Crow was the Royals' first round draft pick in 2009, and this offseason, RC ranked him as the top prospect in the Royals' organization. The 23-year-old right-hander made his debut on Thursday, pitching 4.2 strong innings in the Naturals' win over the San Antonio Missions. On Friday, RC caught up with Crow to discuss his outing, his repertoire, and his goals for this season.■ Frederick goes 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in defeat (OurSportsCentral)
Lynchburg grabbed the lead in the second inning off of Keys starter Rick Zagone (0-1) when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Zagone tiptoed out of the jam with only one run allowed getting a double play ground ball off of the bat of Lynchburg 2B Cody Puckett to stifle the rally. Zagone allowed two runs, one of which earned in four innings in the debut.