Friday, March 15, 2013

HI NOTES: It's South Carolina, Not the New York Yankees

♦ South Carolina players are not superhuman.  They're just a bunch of college students.

Missouri baseball hosts No. 5 South Carolina in first SEC game (Columbia Missourian)
"They’re a great team, but we can’t get caught up in all that," Sommerfeld said. "I remember as a freshman I kind of came in big-eyed with all these big-name teams, but once the first pitch is thrown it’s still baseball, so it’s the same game."...
Amid uncertainty about starting pitching, USC’s hitting remains hot (Charleston Post and Courier)
Yes, concerns remain about starting pitching. Ace Jordan Montgomery will miss his second consecutive start tonight because of an elbow bone stress reaction. USC coach Chad Holbrook doesn’t expect him to start in either of the next two series, home against Arkansas and Texas A&M. Evan Beal, a prodigious right-hander with two career starts, gets the nod tonight.

Nolan Belcher hasn’t allowed a run in 18 straight innings,and he would ideally start tonight, Holbrook said. But Belcher threw 118 and 103 pitches the past two Sundays, so Holbrook couldn’t move him up two days. Belcher will throw Saturday this weekend. Sunday’s start goes to Colby Holmes, whose earned run average in his past two Saturday starts is 8.00.

There is no uncertainty right now about USC’s bats...
Hockey roots give Kelly an edge at the plate (The Maneater)
His numbers speak true to his hitting prowess, though they don’t tell who Kelly really is. Despite it being his first season at Missouri, he considers himself a leader on the team. Last Saturday, for example, Kelly shouted encouragement from the field, trying to keep his team together in a lopsided 8-3 loss to San Francisco.

Outside the game, Kelly displays an amiable persona. With a goofy grin and wild hair, he always shakes hands with reporters and talks with tremendous confidence. He even apologized once for “cussing” after using the word “hell.”

Despite his undeniable baseball abilities, Kelly will tell you right away that his athletic career didn’t start on a warm, dirt infield. In fact, it was just the opposite...
♦ For a rare civil message board thread about Mizzou Baseball facing USC, check out

♦ According to the SEC Digital Network, Rob Zatryzny is apparently the only starting pitcher Mizzou plans to use this weekend.

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