Wednesday, March 7, 2012

HI NOTES: Home Crowds, Home Stand, Heroes


Now that Kansas has finally had its home opener, the numbers are in for all the home openers in the Big 129 and SEC.  It paints a picture of just how far MU has to go to step up to what is expected in the SEC:

BIG 129
  • 5.918  Texas vs. Duke, 2/18
  • 5,314  Texas A&M vs. Illinois-Chicago, 2/17
  • 2,681  Baylor vs. ORU, 2/17
  • 2,605  Texas Tech vs. Missouri St, 2/17
  • 1,073  Oklahoma vs. Hartford, 2/24
  • 1,072  Kansas vs. North Dakota, 3/6
  •   888  Kansas State vs. Pacific, 3/2
  •   576  Oklahoma State vs. Dallas Baptist, 2/21
  •   524  Missouri vs. Ball State, 3/2
  • 8,242  South Carolina vs. Elon 2/17
  • 8,006  Louisiana State vs. Air Force, 2/17
  • 7,430  Ole Miss vs. Arkansas State, 2/21
  • 6,317  Arkansas vs. Villanova, 2/17
  • 5,356  Florida vs. Cal St-Fullerton, 2/17
  • 4,864  Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic, 2/17
  • 3,577  Auburn vs. Missouri, 2/17
  • 3,449  Mississippi State vs. Washington St, 2/17
  • 2,812  Tennessee vs. Northern Illinois, 2/17
  • 2,411  Georgia vs. Presbyterian, 2/17
  • 2,031  Vanderbilt vs. Oakland, 2/22
  • 1,261  Kentucky vs. Buffalo, 2/24

Missouri evens record with 14-4 victory over Nebraska-Omaha (The Maneater)
Missouri grabbed the reins of the game by putting up three runs in the first inning. After senior third baseman Conner Mach singled to score junior right fielder Blake Brown, junior left fielder Dane Opel lofted a high fly ball that the wind carried beyond the left field bullpen for a solo home run.

“I just barreled it, and luckily it had enough backspin to carry and the wind was definitely blowing out,” Opel said.
. . .
Missouri has scored almost twice the runs (30) in its last three games than it has in the other seven (16).
Missouri baseball team gets lift against Nebraska-Omaha (Columbia Missourian)
While Jamieson is still trying to determine which three pitchers will start in conference play, he said he thinks it will be senior Eric Anderson, sophomore Rob Zastryzny and junior Blake Holovach.

Still, he said he was impressed with Graves' effort Tuesday.

"We want competition for the weekend starters, and he's a guy that's capable of giving it to the other three guys," Jamieson said.
♦ Missouri's opponent in a 4-game series this coming weekend, the Charlotte 49ers, lost their 4th game of the season Tuesday night to Holy Cross. Charlotte's RPI rank is 240th, compared to Mizzou's 204th (Holy Cross is 44th). Of course, this early in the season the RPI stats are a bit skewed and unreliable due tot the small number of total games played.

♦ Laern a little about the Charlotte 49ers and the 49er players by checking out this Charlotte 49ers Baseball Twitter list.
Sbasen8: Heading to Missouri tomorrow. Got show up in the show me state #SB2012


I just had to post a link to a couple of great articles, in case you missed them

♦ How Frank Haith won over and rebuilt the Tigers (Kansas City Star)
Eleven months later, Haith has silenced his critics by delivering his finest season as a head coach. Not only that, he has led the Tigers to a No. 5 national ranking and school-record 27 regular-season wins despite a thin bench, undersized frontcourt and scandal in Miami that some thought could derail his tenure in Columbia before it got a chance to start.

Here’s how he did it.
Real-life Davids: How Missouri's wrestling program conquered the Goliaths of the Big 12 (Kansas City Star)
Thanks in part to a handful of Kansas City kids (more on that, later) the Tigers won the Big 12 tournament at the Hearnes Center with 77 points, four more than second-place Oklahoma State.

It was hard to see that coming even a week ago, when Missouri lost to Oklahoma State 32-9.

“Just think of that,” Smith said. “I told them eight days ago about David and Goliath and going through the valley of Elah. I told them the Philistines, and the Goliath is the Big 12 and we had never won it. David walked out there with confidence. You got to believe in all the good things that can happen. I put signs up that said ‘Be my David’. All week, every kid, I went up to, I said ‘Be my David’ and they came up to me at the end and said, Coach, we are your David’s.”

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