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The year that was: Awards for alumni, basketball teams off to slow start in 2014

Part two of two parts
Part one

By Darren Hellwege

Yesterday we took a look at Missouri sports highlights from January to June. Today we finish Darren Hellwege’s look at the year.

 

Outside hitter Carly Kan jumps to kill a ball in the fourth set. Kan had a team-high of 12 kills with a .195 hitting percentage in the match.

Outside hitter Carly Kan jumps for a kill during a 2014 match. Kan earned a spot on the All American team.

July

Bruce Walker announces his retirement as offensive line coach. It was an inopportune time to be changing coaches, but Mizzou caught a break as Walker was replaced by Tiger alum and Illinois assistant coach A.J. Ricker.

  • Michael Sam receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, giving an emotional acceptance speech at the ESPY awards presentation.
  • Tiger alum Max Scherzer of Detroit gets the win for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game. Scherzer is now a much-coveted free agent.
  • Veteran coach Marc Burns takes over Mizzou Cross Country.
  • Women tennis player Alex Clark is named to the ITA All-Academic team.

 

August

Nationally recognized pitching guru Doug Gillis joins the softball coaching staff. Gillis, one of the great softball players in US history, has been associated unofficially with Mizzou for some time and is noted for his work with Chelsea Thomas. Read more of this post

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Former Mizzou pitcher Gibson stays grounded in Twins’ organization

In his first year of professional baseball, Kyle Gibson rocketed through three levels of the Minnesota Twins’ farm system and won the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year award.

And, according to him, it wasn’t even his biggest accomplishment of 2010.

Gibson, the former Mizzou pitcher, married Liz Straatman, the former Mizzou gymnast, a few months after his baseball season ended.

“That was probably the highlight of the year,” Gibson said of his marriage. Of course, that was the predictable answer coming from one of the more intelligent, down-to-earth athletes you’ll find.

“I bet he probably said getting married,” said former Mizzou pitching coach Tony Vitello with a laugh when asked what he thought Gibson said was his biggest accomplishment of the year. Vitello knows Gibson well—the current TCU coach went to his former pitcher’s wedding and conducted a pitching camp with Gibson in Indiana earlier this month.

There aren’t many things that would count as biggest accomplishments than what Gibson did on the field in 2010, though. Obviously, getting married is one of them.

Across Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A, Gibson posted a 2.96 ERA with 126 strikeouts and just 39 walks over 152 innings. But, more importantly, Gibson had a 2.31 ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio, meaning he induced about two ground balls for every fly ball allowed.

“It was important for me to get more ground balls, because the more pitches you allow the hitters to see, the better chance they have to get a hit,” said Gibson, adding that it became more important for him to get opposing batters to put the ball on the ground as he climbed higher in the minor leagues. “As you go up, the hitters are better, but as you go up, the defense gets better.”

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