Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mizzou Baseball Game Day: Central Arkansas Bears

■ Finally, Missouri is ranked higher in the RPI and ISRs than their next opponent (just barely). Says something about the improvement in the Tigers over the past 2-3 weeks. Also says something about the Central Arkansas Bears.
■ The Tigers were briefly above .500 on Sunday, for the first time in 2011. After the Chippewas won the final game of the series, MU returned to sea level, with a 10-10 record. With 20 games played, the regular season is already more than one third complete.

■ Word is Eric Anderson will get his first pitching start of 2011 on Tuesday against Central Arkansas.

Cardinal offense explodes in 15-5 win over UCA (KDFM.com)
Junior outfielder Kevin Roebuck drove in a career-high seven runs on Sunday at Bear Stadium as Lamar University was able to knock off Central Arkansas 15-5 in Southland Conference baseball action.

High scoring game gets away from Creighton baseball (gocreighton.com)
In a high scoring game in Conway, the Creighton baseball team again couldn't manage to pull one out, losing 8-7 on back to back doubles in the bottom of the ninth inning. Creighton falls to 9-3 on the season while UCA improves to 8-5.
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After a scoreless top half of the inning for the Jays, Central Arkansas was back on the scoring streak again, adding two runs in the bottom of the second. A leadoff single by Zack Dickson, followed by a sacrifice bunt and a fielding error put runners on second and third with one out. A two out double by Houston knocked in two more runs (his fourth RBI of the day). Koenigstein then forced a ground ball to third base to end the inning.

■ Jason Van Skike tossed a no-hitter for Indiana State on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Central Arkansas. It was the Sycamores' first no-hitter since 1988. It wasn't the prettiest no-no, as Van Skike struggled with his control while allowing eight walks and hitting a batter while the Bears stranded runners on second and third each of the last two innings. (espn.com, March 9, 2011)
After long road, Missouri's Lusardi playing for Tigers (KCTV5)
On Feb. 20, in the ninth inning of a game his team was trailing 11-3, a red-shirt sophomore came to the plate for Missouri as a pinch hitter. He struck out on five pitches and the game ended a few batters later.

This at-bat might seem insignificant, but to that red-shirt sophomore, Jeff Lusardi, it culminated a long trip to college baseball playing time that was finally beginning nearly three years after graduating high school.

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