♦ Garrison McLagan and Jeff Lusardi have transferred to San Diego Christian College. McLagan currently leads SDCC Hawks in AB, H, 2B, 3B, HR, Slg%, playing First Base and occasionally pitchng in relief. Lusardi is playing the outfield
♦ Mizzou Baseball Players of the Week: Week One (mutigers.com):
Player of the Week: OF Dane OpelGAME DAY
Newcomer of the Week: LHP Jake Walsh
Pitcher of the Week: Jeff Emens
♦ College Splits lists Dane Opel among Sunday's Top Batters
♦ D1 Baseball Week 1 Attendance (College Baseball 360)
MU @ Auburn ranked 18th: 8,581 total for the series♦ Rogers' Weekly Chat (Perfect Game)
Thoughts on Missouri taking two from Auburn?
As I wrote in my Sunday analysis piece, that is a road series win that really could be huge at the end of the year from an NCAA at-large standpoint. Missouri's starting pitching left a little to be desired against the Tigers, but I really liked the fact Jeff Emens and Dusty Ross stepped up out of the bullpen. Missouri was ready to play, which is no surprise with Tim Jamieson leading the way.
♦ Mizzou Baseball Links (RockMNation)
For all intents and purposes, one bad inning prevented Mizzou from potentially pulling off a thrilling road sweep of Auburn to begin the 2012 season.♦ A passing nod from Stitch-Head Eric Sorenson at CollegeBaseballToday.com:
Okay guys, so here’s the deal. I’m not going to have a “Three Up” and a “Three Down” for this week (though I hear your protestations out there Florida Atlantic – which went into Tuscaloosa and gave Alabama a three-game beatdown – and Cal Poly – which blew out Oklahoma State at home in three straight.. oh and before I forget, I see you Missouri, having just beaten Auburn twice on the plains today) but that’s gonna have to be the way it is for now.♦ Looking Ahead (sebaseball.rivals.com)
Missouri, who will join the SEC next year in all sports, swept a doubleheader from Auburn at Plainsman Park today ? The Tigers won the opener 6-4 as Dane Opel hit two home runs and drove in four runs ... Missouri scored three runs in the seventh inning of the nightcap to claim a 4-3 win as the game was stopped after seven innings due to Missouri's travel schedule ? The teams had agreed before the game that no inning could begin at 4:45 p.m. (CT)
♦ Video recap of Game 3
MU IN THE MAJORS
♦ Understanding Crow (Kings of Kauffman)
In the first half, Crow walked that fine line between too wild and just wild enough. His walk rate (4.15 BB/9) was low enough to not hurt him, while his monthly BABIP ranged form .208 to .270, all pretty good. These numbers tell me he would occasionally nibble but was pretty good at staying out of the heart of the plate and got weak contact as a reward. In August and September that BABIP ballooned to .500 and .471 respectively. These are from small sample sizes, but those sample sizes are small because he was getting rocked, and the Royals called his number less and less. He also walked nine hitters in 11 innings over that stretch. When he was missing it wasn’t by a nibble it was by chunks, and that caused walks and middle of the plate fastballs.