Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Finals: Pass/Fail

■ W/L separating the 5th through 10th ranked Big 12 teams: 1.5

■ Record in the last four Big 12 series:
  • Mizzou: 7-5
  • Baylor: 6-6
  • Kansas St: 5-6
  • Texas Tech: 5-7
  • Nebraska: 4-7
  • Kansas: 3-9
MU in Big 12-only stats
  • Mizzou is now tied for 3rd in team On-base Percentage at .361
  • MU is 2nd in fewest Strikeouts with 134
  • Jonah Schmidt is 4th in BA at .375; Blake Brown is tied for 14th at .324
  • Schmidt is 5th in Hits (30)
  • Brown is tied for 2nd in HR (5)
  • Brown is 4th in RBI (19)
  • Schmidt is tied for 7th in TB (48)
  • Eric Garcia is 4th in BB (13)
  • Brown is tied for 6th in OBP (.440)
  • Brown and Schmidt are 2nd and 3rd in Slugging % (.622; .600)
  • Matt Stites is tied for 8th in Innings Pitched (46.1)
  • Stites is tied for 8th in SO (41)
  • Phil McCormick is tied for 3rd in Appearances (13) and 7th in Saves (3)
  • McCormick is 4th in opponents batting avg (.195)
Jonah Schmidt named Big 12 Player of the Week (big12sports.com)
Jonah Schmidt, Missouri, OF, Sr., 6-3, 220, St. Louis, Mo. (Chaminade Prep)

Schmidt hit .500 while slugging 1.083 with an OBP of .571 to guide Mizzou to its third-straight Big 12 series win at Kansas State over the weekend. The senior tallied a pair of home runs, a double and accounted for 13 total bases while scoring a team-high five runs and knocking in three RBI, just one off of the team lead for the weekend. For the week, he batted .438 after going 1-for-4 at Missouri State on Tuesday. In the KSU series, the St. Louis, Mo.-native went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in the Tigers' Friday night win in Manhattan. Schmidt hit an RBI double to tie the game in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single in the same inning as MU never trailed after that point. On Saturday, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, launching a solo shot in the fourth inning. In Sunday's series-clinching win, he launched another solo dinger, his sixth of the season, while going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to lead Mizzou to a 12-8 victory. Schmidt's weekend performance raised his average to .375 in Big 12 play, which ranks fourth in the league and his season average goes to .326, 11th in the Conference. He also ranks third in Big 12 contests with a .600 slugging percentage and his 48 total bases are seventh.
■ Cram for Season Finals by watching Texas Tech to face Michigan in final midweek series of the season (1340thefan.com)
Texas Tech Baseball (28-20, 9-12 Big 12) will play its final midweek series of the season at Michigan(15-31, 6-12 Big Ten) Tuesday at 5:05pm with television coverage live on The Big Ten Network. The series is Tech’s first midweek road series during the month of May since 1967. The Red Raiders had six days off for end of course exams and look to bounce back after their 11-1 loss at home to Dallas Baptist on May 3 in Lubbock.

Duke von Schamann (3-0, 5.47 ERA) takes the mound for Texas Tech opposite Michigan’s Bobby Brosnahan (1-8, 7.71 ERA) for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday and Wednesday’s pitching match up has yet to be determined by either team.

Texas Tech will travel to Columbia, MO for a 3 game conference series against the Missouri Tigers this Friday and then wrap up at home next week against Oklahoma State.
Ex-NU baseball players look back on run of success, ponder team's future (Husker Extra)
And starting next season it's likely to become harder. NU will be in the Big Ten, where regularly only the tournament champion winds up having a shot of advancing to the CWS.

"We've got Haymarket Park and should be able to draw the big recruits," Hesse said. But "I think (going to the Big Ten is) going to hurt them big-time. It's all northern schools, and who wants to go to a northern school who can play?"

Whatever happens, nobody will be able to take anything away from the guys who were around in 2001, and the two teams that paved the way for their success.

"I'm still proud of that era," Hesse said.

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