Friday, March 29, 2013

GAME DAY: Tiger v Tiger

Weekend Weather from ABC 17 News:
TODAY: Morning showers near I-44 with partly cloudy to mostly sunny and high temperatures near 60 with easterly winds at 5-10 mph.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with low temperatures in the mid 40s.

EXTENDED: A warming trend will continue into the weekend with high temperatures reaching near 60 Saturday and Sunday. Showers and t-storms are likely from Saturday afternoon through Saturday night. Easter Sunday looks dry with afternoon highs in the upper 50s to near 60 under mostly sunny skies. Much colder air will move in Sunday night into Monday dropping our high temperatures to the upper 30s for the start of next week. There is a chance of light rain or snow from Sunday night through Monday.
MU baseball team shows signs of heating up (Columbia Tribune)
"That Tennessee series helped us gain a lot of confidence," Everett said. "It's been building up over the last few games. Past couple weeks, we'd been swinging it pretty well, but it's just getting timely hits and getting the ball to fall."

After getting shut out Friday in the opener at Tennessee, Missouri split a doubleheader with the Volunteers on Saturday, including a 14-6 pounding in the series finale. The Tigers had thought they were on the verge of breaking out — "We're right there" was a weekly mantra. But injuries and slumps forced lineup changes, which stood in the way of consistency.

"We knew we were a really good offensive team," senior Dane Opel said. "It's just starting to come around. We're taking better approaches at the plate, better swings, and it's all starting to come together."...
LSU baseball team is hot, and so is freshman Alex Bregman (The Advocate)
Katz attributed Bregman’s success to Bregman being the baseball equivalent of a gym rat.

“He’ll go in and hit at all times of the day,” Katz said. “When he gets bored he just comes and hits and he’ll text me four times a day and say, ‘I’m at the field hitting. You want to come?’ ”

Katz joins him, and after they’re finished, they’ll leave. Thirty minutes later, Katz says, he’ll find out that Bregman returned to the cages.

“He’s like, ‘Yeah, I got bored again,’ ” Katz said. “The guy hits nonstop. He doesn’t get tired.”...
Better Know An Opponent: Missouri Tigers (And The Valley Shook)
Mizzou gets LSU at home, which is certainly a boost. Last week, I was openly calling for LSU to get that sweep against Auburn, but I think that's a bit unreasonable this weekend. Roadtrips are never easy, and the local crowd should be pretty esxcited to see one of the premier programs in the country. You have to figure LSU is going to get Mizzou's best shot. The question is, what is that? They took only one game from South Carolina, which is understandable, but then lost a series to Tennessee, which is not.
I think Mizzou is better than their record and their ranks, but LSU looks every bit as good as theirs. The False Tigers steal a game on Saturday or Sunday, but the Good Tigers come home with another series win...
MU not afraid to let it fly (Columbia Tribune)
It’s becoming a more common sight as teams continue to test the Tigers. Led by Dane Opel’s five assists, Missouri’s outfielder have thrown out nine baserunners this year — including seven at home.

Opel and Pearson each had an assist in Wednesday’s 11-4 victory over Nebraska-Omaha.

“They’ve got good arms. Dane’s really had a good spring,” said Missouri Coach Tim Jamieson, whose Tigers (9-12, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) host fourth-ranked LSU (23-2, 5-1) in a three-game series scheduled to begin at 6 tonight. “Of course, Logan’s got a good arm. We’ve got the capability.”

But it’s a high-risk, high-reward proposition...

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