Sunday, February 24, 2013

HI NOTES: The Bright Side


Three-Run Seventh Sinks Mizzou at Memphis (
The Tigers got a good start from sophomore Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.), who allowed just three earned runs (four total) over six innings pitched while striking out five. He was perfect through four innings and retired the first 13 batters he faced, but he struggled in the seventh inning, walking two and allowing a single before getting the hook as Memphis scored three in the frame to gain a 4-3 lead...
Brett Graves' performance
masked by late-inning struggles as Memphis beats Missouri (Columbia Missourian)
Catcher Dylan Kelly had two hits for Missouri and third baseman Keaton Steele recorded an RBI...
♦ Also on the bright side, Mizzou isn't the only SEC Baeball team struggling, according to College Baseball Today: A Grand Slammin' Good Time Couch Surfing
A tweet today from my good bud Mike Rooney, the ESPNU studio analyst and color commentator, “I’m concerned about the SEC. Particularly, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M and Missouri.”

The monster conference continued their second straight day of some curious losses and busted egos. Here are some of the duck-your-head-and-slink-out-of-church losses from Saturday:

- BYU won at No. 2 LSU 9-4.

- FGCU won for the second day in a row at No. 17 Florida, 8-3.

- Georgia split with Belmont, losing 11-10, before escaping with a 2-1, 10-inning win.

- The aforementioned Auburn loss to Middle Tennessee, 2-1.

- Memphis took down Missouri 5-2.

Even some of the wins were white-knucklers against teams that shouldn’t have made the games so close.

♦ Here's an interesting blog about the potential for marketing College Baseball: College Baseball Opens Quietly, But With Lots of Brand Possibilities… (
Colleges put a great deal of time through to drive revenue through football in the fall and basketball through the winter, it would make sense to tie and give added values to brands with a spring activation as well. College baseball is competitive, provides a good wrap-up to a marketing plan, and is extremely affordable for brands to activate against with athletes that would welcome the exposure. There is also a great opportunity for charities or philanthropic efforts to tie to college baseball in the spring, much like programs are laid out for other sports in other seasons...

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