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Player Development Fuels Tigers’ SEC Success

Defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) runs back his interception against Toledo in September, one of 10 interceptions Missouri has this season.

Defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) runs back his interception against Toledo in September, one of 10 interceptions Missouri has this season.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Missouri defensive end Markus Golden is one of the most disruptive forces in all of college football. In 12 games, the senior from St. Louis has registered 16 tackles for loss and 8 ½ sacks.

It’s easy to understand why Golden reaps success if you’ve seen him play. Golden is a rare breed of defensive end with the speed to go around opposing lineman and the strength to bulldoze them. What’s more difficult to understand is how Golden turned into the quarterback-crushing, run-stuffing defensive end we see today. Read more of this post

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Missouri’s title hopes dashed in loss to Alabama

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

By Sam Hustis

Missouri softball witnessed an opposing team celebrate at University Field after the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 3-1, clinching the Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Friday night.

“It’s disgusting,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “You do something like that in baseball and you could get into trouble for it.”

Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn gave up four hits and one earned run on her way to a complete game victory.

“We haven’t seen anything like her curveball all year,” Corrin Genovese said.

Alabama picked up the first run of the contest when Read more of this post

Missouri softball sweeps doubleheader against Creighton

Photos by Sam Richmond
Story by Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – On a cold and rainy Columbia afternoon, the University of Missouri softball team swept the Creighton Bluejays in a doubleheader on Tuesday. The fifteenth-ranked Tigers moved to 40-13 on the year, and 26-6 at home.

The temperature may have been cold, but the bats were hot for the Tigers in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Missouri scored 11 runs en route to a 11-6 win. The offense cooled with the weather for Game 2, and Missouri escaped a Read more of this post

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.

Offense, defense don’t back up Missouri pitching in 13-inning loss


By Erik Hall
Photos by Caroline Hecker

Failed execution in the final innings cost the Missouri baseball team during Friday’s 2-1 loss to Georgia in 13 innings.
“Before we lose the game, we should have won the game,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said.
Missouri loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Tigers ended the threat with a strikeout and a groundout.
“The way they played their defense there, all you have to do is put the ball in play in the outfield, and the game is over,” Jamieson said. “The whole inning was set up to win, and we didn’t find a way to do it.”
Defensive lapses in the 13th inning sent Georgia home with the win. Georgia No. 6 hitter Daniel Nichols hit a ball to right-center field that was scored a double, but it would more accurately be called a single and defensive indifference.

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Missouri defeats Kentucky in SEC showdown

By Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – The Missouri Tigers opened up their SEC season with a win against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats 7-2 in their home opener Friday night.

The Tigers got a great outing from freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, who gave up only two runs on nine hits at her first home game for Missouri. The Wildcats also had nine hits in the game, but the Tigers were able to capitalize and comfortably beat the Wildcats.

“Coming out strong in the first inning was great,” Finucane said. “It also helped with that mental aspect of going out there and throwing strikes.”

Entering Friday’s game the top of the lineup for Missouri had been hot.  The trio of Taylor Gadbois, Sami Fagan and Emily Crane combined for 78 hits through 20 games, for an average of 3.9 hits per game.

This trend continued into the bottom of the first inning, when both Gadbois and Crane doubled, as Missouri scored two runs in the inning. All three would get at least one hit in game one against the Wildcats, bringing their combined season total to 83 hits.

“Going out there and getting on base and getting that big one to start it off, that was awesome,” said Crane following the game. “I was excited.”

Missouri continued the scoring in the third inning, with two more runs. Fagan started the inning with a double, and two batters later Angela Randazzo homered to left field, driving in two runs.

The Tigers would add two more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Kentucky would tack on two runs in the last inning, but it would not be enough to climb back.  It was the third win in a row from the Tigers, who were coming off a two game win streak in Evansville, Ind.

“If we can come out tomorrow and Sunday and play the same way, and get the bat on the ball and get that many hits up on the board, we shouldn’t have a problem,” Crane said.

Missouri and Kentucky will play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sam, defense give Mizzou 41-31 win over Oklahoma State in Cotton Bowl

Pinkel now winningest coach in Missouri history

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press

Anthony Gatti (70), Justin Britt (68) and Max Copeland (61) celebrate on the field with the Cotton Bowl trophy after the game.

Anthony Gatti (70), Justin Britt (68) and Max Copeland (61) celebrate on the field with the Cotton Bowl trophy after the game.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Missouri got the big plays it needed at the end of the Cotton Bowl to beat an old rival.

Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown after that as the No. 9 Tigers beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 late Friday night.

The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded scores on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Read more of this post

Mizzou beats Northwestern 78-67, advances in Las Vegas Invitational

By The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS—Missouri’s biggest concern heading to the Las Vegas Invitational was how to establish a frontcourt presence.

Coach Frank Haith said he got what he was looking for Thursday night, particularly from Johnathan Williams and Ryan Rosburg, two of four Tigers to score in double figures in a 78-67 win over Northwestern in the tournament’s opening round.

Jordan Clarkson scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Missouri, while Williams and Rosburg each had 14.

“We’ve relied on only (Clarkson and Jabari Brown) early this season, and we needed to get production out of our post guys,” Haith said. “That was the first step toward that tonight, with Ryan and J3 (Williams) getting in double figures. Both those guys having the kind of night they had, I think that’s important for us as we move forward.”

The Tigers, who outscored Northwestern in the paint 40-14, scored the first 14 points of the second half to erase a five-point halftime deficit and take a 48-39 lead at the 15:10 mark and never looked back.

After Northwestern’s second-half drought was ended by JerShon Cobb, who scored a game-high 22 points, the Tigers extended their lead to 13, when Brown hit a 3-pointer to give them a 54-41 advantage. The 6-foot-5 junior guard wasn’t finished, as he scored five of his team’s next 10 points and dished a nifty backward pass to Clarkson, who finished with a one-handed slam dunk that exemplified the Tigers’ transition game.

“That’s the way we play, we like to get up and down and play in transition,” Clarkson said. “In the second half we tightened things up and pressured the ball. And that helped us get out into the transition game. We want to stamp our identity on the defensive end, playing hard. If we play hard on defense, we’re going to get those easy shots, those easy dunks. And that’s how we play, that’s where we’re most comfortable.”

Said Haith: “I think that’s when our team is at its best. That’s one of our strengths. We play well in transition. But you … gotta play defense in order for that to happen. I thought that keyed our ability to get transition buckets.”

Missouri (6-0), which went from shooting 0-for-7 from the 3-point line in the first 20 minutes to shooting 4-of-7 in the second half, held Northwestern to just 36.4 percent shooting in the second half, compared with the Wildcats’ 50 percent shooting from the field in the first half.

There were six ties and six lead changes in the first half, and the Wildcats connected on 6 of 13 jumpers from 3-point range. Cobb led the charge early, shooting 4 for 6 from the field (3-of-5 from 3-point range) en route to 16 points in the first half. After falling behind 19-13 midway through the first half, Northwestern went on a 26-15 run to take a 39-34 halftime lead.

But it was Missouri’s defensive intensity in the second half that thwarted every effort by Northwestern, which missed its first six shots after halftime.

“The more stops we got, we were getting more confident,” Haith said. “We had better movement in the second half. Once we were able to do that, we were able to attack, we had better ball movement from side to side, (and) I thought we did a great job of that.

“And we attacked in the paint. When teams sag like that, and we were still able to get those points in the paint, that’s good and that’s what we gotta do.”

Tre Demps and Nathan Taphorn each scored 11 for Northwestern (4-3).

Missouri, which won by double digits for the fifth time this season, is now 13-4 on a neutral court under Haith. Since 2011, the Tigers are 17-1 in the month of November, and dating back to 2006 have won 44 of their 50 games in the month.

The Tigers, who played on Thanksgiving Day for the second consecutive year, face Nevada on Friday, while Northwestern (4-3) will play No. 19 UCLA.

Mizzou women hope to exploit good mix of veteran and freshman players

Yesterday I previewed the forwards and coaching staff for the 2013-2014 Missouri women’s basketball team, one that appears to be on the verge of a breakthrough year. Today we look at the guards, where there is a lot of returning talent.

Lianna Doty (1) dribbles down the court as Michelle Hudyn (12) follows in the February 2013 game against LSU. Both players are back for Missouri this year.

Lianna Doty (1) dribbles down the court as Michelle Hudyn (12) follows in the February 2013 game against LSU. Both players are back for Missouri this year.

1 Lianna Doty, sophomore, 5’7” – Part of the Southeastern Conference’s All Freshman team last season, Doty’s looked like a potential superstar almost from the moment she stepped on campus. After taking the job from another very talented young point (Kyley Simmons, now at Illinois) Doty showed herself capable of running the offense well and making some beautiful passes. Unfortunately, for a while some of the passes were as likely to surprise teammates as defenders, and Doty had some pretty ugly turnover numbers at times last year. But that’s improved considerably and Doty’s becoming a more complete player, stepping up her defense and showing a willingness and ability to both shoot from outside and drive to the basket to score or dish. She’s very tough to guard. You can’t be a great team without a great point, and Missouri should have one for the next three years with Doty.

2 Morgan Stock, sophomore, 6’1” – Part of the mix for the Tigers’ third guard slot, Stock made her case Sunday with a Read more of this post

This looks like the breakout year for Mizzou women’s basketball

Bri Kulas shoots a free throw in

Bri Kulas is one of Missouri’s two senior players.

As the 2013-2014 season gets underway for Missouri’s women’s basketball, there are some big hopes around Mizzou Arena. After last year’s team made postseason play for the first time in many years, Robin Pingeton’s fourth season as head coach appears to be one that could be the “breakthrough” we’ve seen coming for a while.

As we take a look at the roster for this year’s Tiger team, there’s more talent and depth than we’ve seen in a lot of years. But much of it is still with the underclassmen. How fast the youngest Tigers develop will be a major factor in whether this is the year things get serious, or if it’s just another year on the pathway to that eventual breakthrough.

Today I look at the forwards and coaching staff. Tomorrow I’ll wrap up the review with the guards.

00 Darian Saunders, sophomore, 6’1” – After averaging about 9 minutes of playing time last season, Saunders played very sparingly in the two exhibition games this season and spent the first two regular season games on the bench. She’s got skills, especially on defense, and has shown at times to be a player giving a lot of effort. She’s in a spot I’ve seen quite a few sophomores reach over the years, and she could go one of two ways —with all the talent on this team, she’ll either step up her game and become a key part of the Tigers in her final year or two (like Bree Fowler this year, and players like Sydney Read more of this post