|Rick Zagone vs. the Wildcats|
That great Tiger team was smacked around 12-0 by the Wildcats on a frigid Friday night in the first game of the series. MU's ace, Aaron Crow, gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings and things went downhill fast from there.
The following day I almost feared to turn on the radio to listen to the Tigers' second game in Manhattan. But I did tune in Tex Little and J.C. Field as I was out and about running errands that Saturday afternoon. And by the 6th inning I let my wife go on into the mall while I stayed in the car, listening to Tex describe Rick Zagone's success at carving up the K-State hitters.
Zagone came within two outs of a no-hitter in a dominant, one-hit shutout that Missouri won 3-0. The sophomore lefthander walked four and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts to keep his season record perfect at 6-0 in what coach Tim Jamieson called a “tremendous” performance.Zagone was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week for his performance.
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“After yesterday, I wanted to show our guys that I would keep the number of runs down and make it easier of them,” Zagone said. “There were a few tough situations, but I just tried to stick with the game plan.” (Columbia Missourian, 4/8/07)
It was one of many Tiger victories over the Wildcats during the past 100+ years. MU holds a 165-113-1 record against KSU.
Missouri first played Kansas State Agricultural College (as it was originally known) in 1907, losing 5-2.
Kansas State joined what was then the Missouri Valley Conference in 1913 and became a part of the newly formed Big 6 in 1928, along with Missouri. According to their record books, the only conference championships the Wildcats have ever won were in 1907, 1928, 1930 and 1933. They are 3-6 (.333) all-time in NCAA Regionals, all those appearances in the past three years.
Toward the end of that era, Kansas State was the victim of one of MU's no-hitters, being shut down by Dennis Musgraves on April 25, 1964.
It wasn't until 2003, though, that things began to look up for the Wildcats. That was the year they hired Brad Hill, who had been highly successful at Central Missouri State. He has steadily built the program up, culminating in 3 straight NCAA Regional appearances in the past three years. Missouri, though, has still had the best of Kansas State during those three years, with a 6-2 record.
It's kind of nice, though, to see the perpetual Mildcats getting more wild and crazy.
|Robert J Lipscomb|
Here's a Tip of the Cap to the Kansas State Wildcats and Big 8 Baseball. May we meet again. Diamonds are forever.