Thursday, April 5, 2012

HI NOTES: Bears, Predictions, Rankings


♦ Now that's going all out to promote Mizzou Baseball:

♦ Updated and expanded version of a video posted earlier:


Baseball America has come out with their first predictions of the field of 64 for the NCAA Regionals, which earns them a brownie point for waiting until the season is at the halfway point, rather than starting the predictions before the season even started, like many other college baseball sites do.

And yes, Missouri is listed, in a Purdue-hosted Regional in West Lafayette, IN.

  1. Purdue
  2. Oregon
  3. Georgia
  4. Missouri
Missouri ranks 97th in the NCAA's official Ratings Percentage Index report, and Oklahoma is 93rd. Both teams have considerable work to do in order to boost their RPIs into at-large range, but we expect Missouri to have more success in that endeavor, partly because the Sooners still have three RPI-killing games on their schedule . . . Missouri has series remaining against Kansas State (also outside the top 100) and Kansas, but the Tigers also have home series against Baylor and Texas. Those games are paramount for Mizzou, but because they are at home, we'll give the Tigers the benefit of the doubt by awarding them one of the final at-large spots. maintains a 2012 College Stats Leaderboard. Only two Tigers are on the list. Jake Walsh is tied for 7th with 8 saves and Blake Holovach is tied for 1st with a lot of other pitchers for fewest home runs given up: 0

Weekend Wrap-Up (
Best series: Missouri - Texas A&M

It must be some unwritten rule that the Tigers give the Aggies fits, because once again this series was a panic down to the final out just like last year's Big 12 tournament championship game. Saturday's 4-3 Missouri win was decided when A&M's Jace Statum was thrown out at home plate by Brannon Champagne. Sunday's rubber match saw Mizzou rally to tie it with five runs in the ninth inning, only to see the Aggies come back and win it on a Krey Bratsen RBI single, 7-6

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