Mizzou’s freshman outfielder finding his niche on baseball team

By Erik Hall

Missouri freshman center fielder Jake Ring stands in the outfield at Taylor Stadium on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Ring earned the nickname Squirrel from his Missouri teammates for his ability to get to balls all over the outfield.

Jake Ring, standing in the outfield at Taylor Stadium on Thursday, March 13, 2014, earned the nickname “Squirrel” from his Missouri teammates for his ability to get to balls all over the outfield.

Missouri freshman Jake Ring runs toward home during practice Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Ring has started 12 of Missouri’s first 15 games this season.

Missouri freshman Jake Ring runs toward home during practice Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Ring has started 12 of Missouri’s first 15 games this season.

Missouri freshman Jake Ring practices bunting during practice Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Ring has 32 putouts this season for the Tigers in the outfield, and that only trails the first baseman and catcher.

Missouri freshman Jake Ring practices bunting during practice Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Ring has 32 putouts this season for the Tigers in the outfield, trailing only the first baseman and catcher.

When No. 25 comes to bat for the Missouri baseball team, the Tiger dugout starts shouting “Squirrel!”  The affectionate nickname belongs to freshman center fielder Jake Ring. KBIA’s Erik Hall went to Taylor Stadium to find out more about the new Missouri outfielder.
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