Sunday, May 19, 2013

SEC Tournament: The Road to Hoover

Zastryzny hopes to extend his pitching career with Missouri baseball team (Columbia Missourian)
“You want to go in playing as well as you’ve played all year, and we probably are right now,” Jamieson said. “And the guys know that we have Rob on Tuesday, which gives them a little bit of a lift as well.”

Jamieson kept Zastryzny on the bench in the Kentucky series in order to make sure his ace is available for Tuesday’s elimination game.

“Whoever we play on Tuesday is not going to be throwing a No. 1, I don’t think,” Jamieson said. “They might be throwing a No. 3, but they’re not going to be throwing a No. 1.”...

Anderson leads Missouri to series win, spot in SEC Tournament (Columbia Tribune)
On May 17, 2010, Anderson had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

On May 17, 2012, Anderson had surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

On May 17, 2013, Anderson's right arm helped the Tigers clinch a spot in their first Southeastern Conference Tournament...

Victory earns Missouri baseball team trip to SEC tournament (Columbia Missourian)
After Anderson was taken out to a standing ovation in the eighth, Keaton Steele further solidified Missouri's place in Hoover with a solo home run. Steele then closed out the game on the mound, and Missouri (18-30, 10-19 SEC) clinched the series against Kentucky.

"It was a little déjà vu," said Steele, who also hit a home run and closed the game last year for Iowa Western Community College to win the Junior College World Series. "(Tonight) was the biggest high I've had since then."...

♦ And a Tip of the Cap to a team that was a fellow underdog in the Big 12: Kansas State Clinches First Big 12 Title (Baseball America)
No. 19 Kansas State clinched its first-ever Big 12 title, and its first regular-season championship in any conference since 1933, with a thrilling 6-5 win Friday against No. 25 Oklahoma.
At 15-7 in the Big 12 (two games ahead of second-place Oklahoma State, which has just one game remaining) and No. 19 in the updated Ratings Percentage Index rankings at, Kansas State is in strong position to host a regional. One more win against the Sooners to finish the season with four straight series wins would just about clinch it for Kansas State, in our estimation. Oklahoma, meanwhile, is playing for its postseason life thanks to an RPI ranking of No. 58....
Post-game at Dudy Noble Field: No. 24 Mississippi State 7, No. 14 South Carolina 2 - Bulldogs make case for host spot after series win (Columbus Dispatch)
Let the John Cohen public service announcement of why Mississippi State University baseball should host an NCAA Regional begin.

The first words out of the mouth of the Bulldogs fifth-year coach was pleading his case through the media to the 10-member NCAA selection committee that his team should be returning back to Dudy Noble Field in just over a week.

"I'm not on any committee but I can tell you this...we played the most difficult schedule in the Southeastern Conference and went 16-14," Cohen said. "You always want more but I still think our kids did a great job and we battled through a lot."
Without looking at Missouri's lineup or tendencies, Cohen suggested sophomore right hander Trevor Fitts could get his second career start as the Pelham (Ala.) High School star would be playing 25 minutes south off where he went to school before signing with MSU...

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