Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mizzou Baseball Game Day: Missouri State Bears @ Simmons Field

■ Missouri State in mid-week games: 3-4
  • Wins: SEMO (2-1), Kansas (6-0), Kansas (5-1),
  • Losses: Arkansas State (6-5), SEMO (8-7), Arkansas (2-1), Kansas State (10-4)
Bears happy with split (Springfield News-Leader, 4/23)
Missouri State's baseball team was not in the best of moods after letting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader slip

"We felt like we beat ourselves," third baseman Brent Seifert said of a 7-6 loss to Indiana State.

Thanks to clutch hitting by Seifert and a strong start from Blake Barber, the Bears walked away from Hammons Field feeling
much better.

"It was huge to bounce back," Seifert said after a 4-1 victory that gave MSU a split and series victory over the Sycamores

MSU closer makes a name for himself (Springfield News-Leader)
A right-handed reliever, Dan Kickham is only five away from Shaun Marcum's MSU single-season saves record. He has a 1-1 record, with the loss on an unearned run in the 13th inning last month against Southeast Missouri State.

"The numbers don't lie," Bears pitching coach Paul Evans said. "Dan has been good. Very good."

Late error proves costly for Bears (, 4/12)
It became obvious as the starting pitchers dominated early that Missouri State's baseball game with Arkansas could boil down to one glaring mistake.

The Bears made that mistake in the eighth inning and No. 16 Arkansas walked away
with a 2-1 victory Tuesday night before 1,208 fans at Hammons Field.

"Close games, you have to execute plays," MSU coach Keith Guttin said after Arkansas
(24-8) beat the Bears (19-12) for the eighth straight time. "We didn't."

MSU's Pierce Johnson took a six-hit shutout into the eighth. He hit leadoff hitter Kyle Atkins with a pitch before Bo Bigham's single past third base.

Johnson then fielded Matt Reynolds' sacrifice bunt and threw wildly past first
base. The game's lone error sent Atkins home and left runners at second and third.

"Throwing that ball away, that's all on me," Johnson said.

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