Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mizzou Baseball Game Day: Upsetting & Uptrending

■ It's mathematically possible for Mizzou to jump from 10th place to 7th place in the Big 12 standings by the end of today. . . if MU beats A&M, NU beats BU, KU beats Tech, and KSU beats OSU. That's a big IF.

■ According to, Texas A&M has dropped from 9th to 16th in the RPI standings this weekend, and Mizzou has risen from 122nd to 111th. In spite of MU's success this weekend, Boyd's RPI Needs Report has actually dropped Missouri off the chart as being statistically viable for an at-large bid. This report does not factor in potential additional opportunities to make up ground in the post-season conference tournament. It still hold true, though, that the Tigers would need to finish out the regular season 9-0 and then do well in the Big 12 Tourney in order to have any shot at an at-large bid.

Freshman baseball player C.J. Jarvis bolsters Missouri lineup (Columbia Missourian)
"We put him out there to see what would happen, and he's taken full advantage of it," Jamieson said. "I don't know whether it's directly related or not, but we've certainly been playing better since we put him in there."

"I have nothing to lose," Jarvis said. "I'm taking it for what it is and playing with a sort of reckless abandon. The worst thing that can happen is ending up back on the bench."

And that's a much better place than he was in this fall, when he ended up at Missouri unexpectedly. He struggled with the University of Oklahoma's rejection of him and moving farther away from his family.
Mizzou baseball downs No. 6 Texas A&M for second straight day (KBIA Sports Extra)
In addition to the big offense, the Tigers got very effective pitching from starter Matt Stites who, making his 11th appearance of the season threw eight innings, giving up just six hits and surrendering only one run, a homer by Texas A&M catcher Kevin Gonzalez in the fifth. Stites struck out eight and ran his season record to 3-3 on the season. Dusty Ross pitched the ninth for MU, retiring the Aggies in order, although Stites said he wanted to keep going. “I tried to convince (assistant coach Matt) Hobbs to let me throw the ninth. They wouldn’t have it,” said Stites.
Stites' gem helps Tigers claim series (Columbia Tribune)
Missouri controls its own destiny for a berth in the Big 12 Tournament, as the Wildcats, the Red Raiders and the Cornhuskers remain on the Tigers’ schedule.

“We’re not looking past Game 3 against A&M,” Stites said. “We want the sweep in our hometown, and we just want everybody in the Big 12 to know that we’re here.”

Yea though I drive through the valley of death, I fear no evil (College Baseball Today)
Once again the Aggies must be letting somebody else wear their uniforms this weekend, dropping a second straight game to Missouri. But this time it was by a stunning 9-1 slapdown. A&M pitching has taken another black eye with Michael Wacha going 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits, nine runs (just four earned), three walks and one hit batsmen in what must be his worst effort of the season. The Aggie defense committed three errors, helping to explain the five unearned runs. Yuck!

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