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Mizzou Baseball: Clearances for the Big 12 Championship Game tomorrow in CoMo - Fox College Sports, FS Midwest (Non-Cardinals), FS Midwest Plus
Hunter Mense: Go ahead everyone and jump on that @MUTigerBaseball bandwagon. There's still some room...
Coach J's Left Knee: Timmy and his ball club just got done bending that ugly bird over the top of me for 8 innings. I'm sore but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Walt Scher: If baseball conference tourneys were as big and hyped up as the bball tourneys then @jemens20 and @MUTigerBaseball would be all over @espn.
Andy Walker: Checking their timelines, #kansas fans not shocked by the @MUTigerBaseball beatdown, but that ku has a baseball team. #Mizzou #kusucks
Brian Asbury: #ku seriously? Just say uncle! @Mizzou2SEC @Mizzou_Sports @MUTigerBaseball
James Abey: @MUTigerBaseball wîns MIZ bye bye KU
Mizzou Athletics: @MUTigerBaseball Coach Jamieson: "This will be my fifth (Big 8/Big 12) championship game. I haven't won yet. It means a lot to me." #Mizzou
Mizzou Nation: Nothing would please us more than to watch Chuck Neinas hand Mizzou ANOTHER Big12 Championship trophy. C'mon @MUTigerBaseball #BeatOU!
Phil McCormick: Congrats @jemens20 @B_Turner18 and the rest of @MUTigerBaseball on destroying ku! Time to exit the big 12 with a championship
THE Mizzou Matt: After that MU/ku baseball game, I am NOT a fan of the 10-run mercy rule. Mizzou could've dropped 20 on those beakers
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
♦ MU wins final Border War (Kansas City Star)
Missouri pitching sizzled at Bricktown. Saturday, three throwers — John Miles, Ryan Yuengel and Jeff Emens — allowed one earned run on three hits. Emens, credited with the victory, was especially effective with five strikeouts in 22/3 innings.
In three Big 12 games and 26 innings, Missouri pitchers have allowed 24 base runners, four earned runs and have held opponents to a .178 batting average.
The pitcher who got Missouri rolling in Oklahoma City, sophomore Rob Zastryzny, starts against Oklahoma Sunday. He went 81/3 in the Tigers’ 5-0 tournament opening victory over Texas.
♦ Missouri baseball team beats Kansas to reach Big 12 tournament final (Columbia Missourian)
In Saturday's final Big 12 meeting between the rivals, the Tigers (31-26) never trailed after getting an RBI single from Ben Turner and an RBI double from Michael McGraw in the bottom of the first. The game ended after eight innings because of the 10-run rule.
Opel added a three-run double in the sixth and a two-run triple in the eighth. McGraw had three hits and three RBIs and Turner added three hits, three runs and two RBIs.
♦ Missouri plays its best in Oklahoma City (NewsOK.com)
Now, after a surprising three-win week was capped by a dominant 12-2 drubbing of rival Kansas, the Tigers have new life.
And Jamieson has a new task – preparing his energized team for Sunday's 1 p.m. championship game against Oklahoma.
“For whatever reason, you get (to Oklahoma City) and we've played well here,” Jamieson said. “The guys love playing here. Once you get to this point, it's about who's playing the best. You get a couple hot bats and a hot arm and you've got a chance to win.”
♦ Kansas coach Ritch Price on end of Kansas-Missouri rivalry (NewsOK.com)
In an unaffiliated state, with less than 1,000 witnesses, the Border War came to a quiet close on Saturday afternoon.
Playing in the semifinals of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament, Missouri eliminated Kansas with a 12-2 win and advanced to Sunday's championship game.
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Q: Now that it is over, how sad are you to see this rivalry end?
I think maybe as much as anyone in the department. When you have had three sons play in this rivalry and your last name is Price, you've worn it at Missouri the last 10 years. And we have had some success against them. When I got here from California, I wasn't even prepared for the intensity of the rivalry, even though people warned me. I was coaching 10 miles from Stanford, grew up 15 miles from Cal and the Big Game has nothing compared to Missouri and Kansas, as far as that intense rivalry and hatred that's built in. I'm sorry to see the rivalry end. I certainly support Doctor (Sheahan) Zinger and Bill Self and their stance on it going forward.
♦ Sooners beat Baylor, advance to championship game (NewsOK.com)
Suddenly, the Sooners are surging, playing for their first conference championship since winning the Big 12's inaugural event in 1997. They face surprising Missouri, the No. 7 seed, at 1 p.m. for the championship.
Yet seriously, the Sooners are clearly on the upswing, winning 22 of their last 29 games and climbing to No. 28 in the projected RPI at warrennolan.com, after sitting in the high 60s following a Bedlam series loss at The Brick three weekends ago.
“We knew that if we could get all the pieces put together, we might have something special,” Golloway said Saturday. “After the Baylor series, we felt we had something special.
♦ An Open Letter to the NCAA Selection Committee (College Baseball Today)
2- I HOPE YOU’RE SERIOUS WHEN YOU SAY “THE RPI IS ONLY A TOOL”.
Because almost everyone in college baseball knows it IS a tool… as in rhymes with “fool”. Realize more than ever that there are formulaic biases against teams with multiple road games, did a buttload of traveling or are geographically isolated and don’t have viable choices for mid-week and pre-conference games against good teams. Yes, the new rules that go into effect next season where the baseball formula FINALLY resembles the basketball formula and rewards road wins and penalizes home-heavy schedules. But try to enact those as active theories this year when deciding between teams.