♦ Hard luck loss for Baseball Bears (Springfield News Leader)
Andreas Plackis’ sacrifice fly produced the winning run as the Tigers (22-17) won their fourth straight and left the Bears (29-13) and Gordon tough-luck losers on the summer-like night.♦ Missouri baseball team uses extra innings to beat Missouri State (Columbia Missourian)
“It’s always fun to come out and play Mizzou and have a good crowd and a good atmosphere,” Gordon said. “You always want to get in games like that.
“It’s just tough to lose one like that.”
With Emens only pitching three innings, the Tigers had to go deep into their bullpen, using three other pitchers before freshman John Miles, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, picked up the win in extra innings.
♦ Missouri hopes last win a much-needed confidence boost (lubbockonline.com)
But the Tigers have also been pulling some double duty. While the main focus has been finding success on the field, Missouri has dealt with its impending move to the Southeastern Conference, considered the premier collegiate baseball conference in the country.♦ Ballhawk snags stray balls at Missouri baseball games (Columbia Missourian)
Counting current Big 12 opponent Texas A&M, the Tigers are 3-3 against 2013 SEC opponents, having taken two of three from Auburn to begin the year. Missouri also has a two-game midweek series scheduled against Arkansas.
It’s off the field, however, that Jamieson has been fighting that will be more important in the future, landing recruits like Coronado infielder Paxton De La Garza.
“Not that the Big 12 and the SEC are that different, but I think, obviously, the SEC has more elite teams,” Jamieson said, “so we feel we need more elite players, and so you recruit differently. You look at different parts of the country than you have in the past. That’s all in preparation for next year ... but it doesn’t affect what’s going on this year.”
A lot goes into Joens’ ballhawking hobby.
Whether it means scaling fences, sprinting across parking lots or outwitting a kid or two, Joens is willing to do almost anything to get that elusive foul ball. He even disguises himself by staying clean-shaven and wearing ball caps and T-shirts from his high school to make himself look younger. Kids get more tosses from players.
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Joens explained how he sometimes sweet talks ushers because he’s actually doing part of their job for them. Taylor Stadium ushers, and even some members of the team, usually retrieve foul balls to keep costs down. Baseballs can run anywhere from $20 to $30 per dozen. Costs can add up during the long baseball season, so teams have to be aware of losses. Some have return policies that can be a death sentence for ballhawks like Joens, but Derek Doolittle, assistant director of game operations, said Taylor Stadium’s ball policy doesn't hinder Joens.
“We try to get back as many foul balls as we can, but we don’t go and yank them out of people’s hands,” Doolittle said. “If we lose a handful, a dozen a game, it’s not the end of the world for us.”
MU IN THE MINORS
♦ First no hitter of the season belongs to Greensboro! (hoppersfan.mlblogs.com)
Aaron Senne slammed a home run almost all the way back to Greensboro on a solo run home run in the 2nd inning for the first run of the game.