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Alabama overpowers Mizzou in 42-13 win

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Photos by Joe Trezza, KBIA Sports

ATLANTA — There was tension in the Georgia Dome with a little less than five minutes to play in the third quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship between Missouri and Alabama.

Despite losing defensive end Shane Ray to an ejection in the second quarter, and despite its defense allowing three first-half touchdowns, Missouri managed to whittle Alabama’s lead down to eight points with 4:37 to play in the third period when kicker Andrew Baggett’s 33-yard field goal made it 21-13.

Scores of Alabama fans returned to their seats, their “Roll Tide” chants ceasing for the first time all game. The pocket of gold among the sea of crimson seemed to come alive, finally having something to cheer for. Missouri had fought back from a 21-3 deficit to make it a one-possession game, and maybe it could take down mighty Alabama.

As it turned out the tension was fleeting. Alabama responded with a pair of touchdown drives that combined to cover 154 yards on 18 plays and rolled to a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri (10-3, 7-2).

“They answered,” head coach Gary Pinkel said. “They did what you’ve got to do. That to me was two statement drives from their standpoint.” Read more of this post

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Strong second half gives Missouri it’s first victory, 56-41 over Valparaiso

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

Missouri focused on defense as they defeated Valparaiso for their first win of the
season on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. After a tight first half, the Tigers were able to
break ahead in the second half, holding Valparaiso to 18 points in the half. Wes Clark
provided the offensive spark for the Tigers, scoring 16 points. Clark also grabbed six
rebounds and two steals. Johnathan Williams III had six rebounds of his own to go
along with 10 points. Missouri dominated the boards in the matchup, outrebounding
Valparaiso 37-28. After a poor first half shooting, the Tigers shot 53.8 percent from
the field in the second half to earn the victory.

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Big second half win gives Missouri the win over UMSL in exhibition 77-54

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their final exhibition of the season against University of Missouri – St. Louis. Poor rebounding and foul trouble inside caused Missouri to stray away from its game plan. The Tigers caught fire at the end of the first half to take a 39-34 lead. They buried UMSL in the second half.  Johnathan Williams III played well in his return to action, scoring 13 points and gathering up 12 rebounds. The offensive stars of the game, however, were Montaque Gill-Caesar and Keith Shamburger. Gill-Caesar scored 19 points, while Shamburger put up 13 points and had six assists. One major upside for Missouri is that its two primary point guards, Shamburger and Wes Clark, combined for 10 assists and no turnovers.

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Texas A&M defeats Mizzou 3-1

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Libero Sarah Meister misses an incoming ball. The Tigers lost 3-1 to Texas A&M as they struggled to maintain their solid first set performance Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

The Missouri volleyball team lost to Texas A&M 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 13-25, 16-25) Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. They are now 14-12 overall and 5-6 in SEC.

The Tigers put together a strong outing in the first set. After jostling with the Aggies for the lead, the Tigers pulled ahead after the 11-11 mark. They went on a 6-2 run to lead the Aggies 17-13. Slowly the Tigers built their lead and clinched the set. The Tigers hit .515 with 19 kills.

The reverse happened in the second set. Both teams were battling it out in the beginning of the second set, but Texas A&M slowly stretched and increased its lead to double digits. They tied the match with the second set win.

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Mizzou earns a 3-0 win over Arkansas

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Sarah Meister (4) and Carly Kan (9) celebrate winning a point in the second set.

Sarah Meister (4) and Carly Kan (9) celebrate winning a point in the second set on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. 

The Missouri volleyball team dominated Arkansas 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-22) Friday night at the Hearnes Center. They are now 14-11 overall and 5-5 in the SEC.

In the first set, the Tigers leaped ahead of the Razorbacks, as they went on a 9-1 run to gain an eight-point lead. They continued racking up points, maintaining a two-digit lead throughout most of the match.

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Tigers roll past William Jewell 72-31

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri Tigers steamrolled William Jewell in an exhibition game on
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 in the Hearnes Center. Wes Clark led the Tigers with 14
points, while fan favorite Ryan Rosburg put up 13 points with eight rebounds. The
Tigers as a whole dominated the boards, besting William Jewell 72-31.

After getting a steal, Wes Clark broke away and slammed it home in an exhibition against William Jewell on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Clark would end up with 14  points and three steals on the game.

After getting a steal, Wes Clark broke away and slammed it home in an exhibition against William Jewell on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Clark would end up with 14
points and three steals on the game.

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Missouri baseball drops second straight

Story and photos by Erik Hall
Missouri catcher Dylan Kelly (55) tags out Mississippi State’s Derrick Armstrong at home in the top of the fifth inning. Armstrong tried to score after a wild throw to Missouri third baseman Ryan Howard, but Howard recovered the ball in time to throw out Armstrong.

Missouri catcher Dylan Kelly (55) tags out Mississippi State’s Derrick Armstrong at home in the top of the fifth inning. Armstrong tried to score after a wild throw to Missouri third baseman Ryan Howard, but Howard recovered the ball in time to throw out Armstrong.

 

The Missouri baseball team lost a second consecutive game to Mississippi State, 6-2, on Saturday.  The Bulldogs also won Friday’s opening game of the three-game series. Tiger right-hander John Miles was the losing pitcher after he threw six and one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits.

Freshmen Ryan Howard and Jake Ring led Missouri at the plate. Howard was 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while Ring finished 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

Howard’s second run in the fifth inning tied the game at two. Mississippi State then added three runs in the seventh inning and one run in the ninth to seal the victory.

Missouri is now 17-20 overall and 6-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The series finale is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Missouri softball sweeps Ole Miss

Photos by Sam Richmond

Story by Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – For the second weekend in a row, the Missouri softball team swept an SEC opponent beating the visiting Mississippi Rebels. The Tigers completed the sweep Saturday afternoon when they beat the Rebels 9-1 in six innings due to the run rule.

Tori Finucane delivered a strong pitching performance after allowing two hits, one unearned run and five strikeouts.

The Tigers scored nearly every inning and got the offense started with a solo home run from Natalie Fleming. Saturday was the third game in a row with a home run for the infielder.

The runs kept coming for Missouri in the second inning when Kelli Schkade scored from third on an Emily Crane ground out. This was Crane’s first series back after missing two weeks with a knee injury.

With the Tigers up 5-1 in the sixth inning, Crane hit a sharp single to right field scoring Taylor Gadbois and Schkade. The very next batter, Mackenzie Sykes, tripled to right field and brought home Crane.

Fleming ended the game with an RBI sacrifice fly, moving Missouri to 35-12 on the year, and 12-6 in conference play.

The Tigers host in-state rivals Missouri State on Wednesday before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for a weekend series with the No. 5 University of Florida Gators.

Tigers take two from Illinois State

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Sam Hustis

Third base Natalie Fleming hits a home run to left field in game two of the doubleheader Wednesday, March 19, 2014. She was 2-3 with 1 RBI on the day.

Third base Natalie Fleming hits a home run to left field in game two of the doubleheader Wednesday, March 19, 2014. She was 2-3 with 1 RBI on the day.

COLUMBIA — After coming up empty last time in a doubleheader against Kentucky, the Missouri softball team swept the Illinois State Redbirds in two games Wednesday afternoon at University Field.

Missouri freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, coming off a seven-run outing against Kentucky, responded with a fantastic pitching performance to give the Tigers the 4-2 win in game one against the Redbirds.

Finucane threw a complete game, allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high of nine batters.
The Tiger ace said she made a few adjustments following her performance against Kentucky and entered today’s game with a positive attitude.
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Second team steals the show in Black and Gold Game

Story by Alex Silverman

Photos by Kelsey Alumbaugh

Gahn McGaffie gets tackled from behind by Darvin Ruise in the first half of the spring game on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The annual Black & Gold Game, held Saturday at Faurot Field, pitted the top offense and defense against the other strings in the first half. At least that’s what the rosters said.  In reality, the absence of major contributors due to injury turned the teams into hodgepodges.

“There’s a lot of mix and match out there,” coach Gary Pinkel said.

In an effort to even the playing field, the reserves were given a 14-0 lead to start the game against the starters. They quickly showed, however, that they didn’t need a handicap. Quarterback Ashton Glaser opened the scoring with an 88-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Jimmie Hunt, who caught the ball while streaking down the middle of the field. Glaser, who threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, said he felt more comfortable against the first team defense this year than in the past.

“When I was young I didn’t really like (going up against the first team defense),” Glaser said. “It was really intimidating going against guys like Sean Weatherspoon and Kevin Rutland, but going out there today I just had fun. Those guys are great and our twos looked really great against the ones.”

On the other side of the ball, the second team took an early advantage as well. On the next possession, freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, who replaced injured starting quarterback James Franklin earlier this spring, threw an interception to junior linebacker Donovan Bonner, who returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Bonner said that in preparing the defense, Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel wasn’t concerned about who was on the other side of the ball.

“Coach Steckel’s an old-fashioned dude. He doesn’t care who’s playing who, just get the job done,” Bonner said.  “And of course, the offense has some key players out, but come fall, they’ll be back ready.”

Despite being outscored 20-10 by the second team, the first team offense showed signs of life throughout the half. Berkstresser completed 13-of-20 passes, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Moe, who has seemingly emerged as Berkstresser’s favorite target this spring. Offensive coordinator David Yost said that consistency, not explosiveness, has been the major issue for Missouri this spring.

“I saw some explosive plays out of some of our guys,” Yost said. “We’re not nearly as consistent as we need to be…but I saw some explosive plays out of Marcus Lucas and explosive plays out of the running backs.”

Lucas, a junior who played on the first team, caught four passes for 81 yards to lead all receivers. The running backs, as Yost mentioned, stood out as a strength for the Tigers all day. While All-Big 12 tailback Henry Josey is likely to sit out the upcoming season due to a severe knee injury, both senior Kendial Lawrence and sophomore Marcus Murphy, have proven themselves as viable options to fill the void left by Josey. Murphy rushed for 87 yards on ten carries Saturday, while Lawrence logged 69 yards on 6 carries, including a 53-yard dash down the left sideline in the third quarter.

“Having a lot of weapons, we can attack the defense in many different ways,” Murphy said of the team’s depth at running back.

The Black & Gold Game brought the spring season to an end after a month and a half of practices and scrimmages. Pinkel said he has had to deal with more injuries this spring than any other in his career. Still, he expects a healthier squad when it really counts:

“The good news is we get all of them back healthy in the fall.”