Monday, April 29, 2013

HI NOTES: Tigers Win Another SEC Series, plus Pitchers Past & Future

Home runs lead Auburn to a 3-1 victory over Mizzou (KBIA Sports Extra)

MU baseball sweeps DH to win series over Auburn (Columbia Tribune)
"Now we're ahead of them in the standings," MU Coach Tim Jamieson said of Missouri now holding that tie-breaker over Auburn. "We needed to come out and play. It was difficult after Friday. Think the team was down after Friday's game. We haven't been great this year but we've at least been resilient."
Missouri third baseman Segovia finally has his day (Columbia Missourian)
The Missouri baseball team's postgame reaction Sunday at Taylor Stadium was an unusual sight. The Missouri players were uncharacteristically jubilant after sweeping Auburn in a doubleheader Sunday, 3-1 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game, to take its first Southeastern Conference series win at home.

There were high fives all around, pitcher Keaton Steele and infielder Gavin Stark shared a chest bump-based dance, and infielder Mike McGraw rode on the shoulders of outfielder Brannon Champagne...
Mizzou baseball scores important doubleheader sweep of Auburn (KNIA Sports Extra)
Segovia was among the most unlikely of heroes, as he entered the day with just a .145 batting average – the worst on the Missouri lineup. The junior went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in during Sunday’s doubleheader.

“It builds confidence, that’s for sure,” Segovia said of his breakout day. “I always saw that there was some light at the end of the tunnel, and today – what a coincidence, the sun came out.”...
Auburn drops crucial series in doubleheader sweep at Missouri (


♦ Check out this great article about Phil McCormick and a fellow squirrely relief pitcher: Squirrels well-armed with unorthodox relievers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Quirarte is a right-handed sidearmer, and McCormick is a left-handed sidearmer, giving the Squirrels a set of opposite, unorthodox options out of the bullpen to match up with hitters from opposite sides of the plate in late-game situations.

“That,” said Richmond manager Dave Machemer, “is a good thing.”

To maximize the advantage of his delivery angle, Quirarte works off the extreme left side of the pitching rubber, as it faces the batter. McCormick starts from the extreme right side. But they share a reason for their sidearm motions. They hit hard times with conventional deliveries...


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