Mizzou Links, 2-27-12

Feb 25, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Frank Haith talks to his players against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the game in overtime 87-86. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Mizzou Basketball Links

Miami reared its ugly head again last night, with former Haith recruit Reggie Johnson getting suspended because of impermissible travel benefits for a family member provided by an unnamed former member of the staff. I don't think this is really anything to worry about -- travel benefits are usually pretty far down on the violations food chain -- but we'll see. I won't say anything more than that right now because I don't know anything else yet.

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Mizzou Football Links

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SEC

  • KC Star: Big 12 buyouts for Mizzou, A&M still need approval

Mizzou Softball Links

It was, to say the least, an odd weekend for Mizzou Softball in Palm Springs. They went 2-0 versus Top 10 teams … and 1-2 versus teams ranked outside of the Top 10. The defense is officially terrifying -- four errors against Nebraska led to four unearned runs, and another three against Northwestern led to two more unearned runs. Kristin Nottelmann's struggles are scary as well; despite the complete and total lack of defensive help, she still managed to allow 15 hits, six walks and seven earned runs in 13 innings, which isn't quite what we expected from her.

At the same time…

1. The offense has some potential. With all of the youngsters playing key roles, I feared some stagnation here, and to be sure, Mizzou only scored a combined three runs versus Washington and Northwestern. But they scored 19 runs in the other three games. Freshman first-baseman Kelsi Roth had a great weekend -- 6-for-11, six RBI, six walks, a double and a home run. Fellow freshman Corrin Genovese looked strong as well -- 4-for-13, five RBI, three walks and a home run.

2. Freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin looked fantastic, albeit against UC Davis. She led off the weekend with five shutout innings. She struck out just one but allowed only four hits and a walk. Granted, strikeouts are wonderful when your defense is shaky, but despite two errors, Mizzou and Erwin got the shutout on Friday.

3. Chelsea Thomas is still Chelsea Thomas. She pitched a no-hitter against No. 5 Washington on Saturday night (it would have been a perfect game if not for, you guessed it, an error), and after a rocky first inning against No. 7 UCLA (three runs, three hits, a HBP and a walk), she settled down to allow two more runs and strike out seven in a key win.

With this much youth, we should have expected some growing pains, and we're seeing them. But as long as Chelsea Thomas is in black and gold, Mizzou will probably continue to put together a really nice record, especially with the schedule easing up. They take on Missouri State, Saint Louis, SEMO and UMKC this coming weekend in the Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament in Kansas City.

  • No. 11 Mizzou 8, UC Davis 0
    MUtigers.com: No. 11 Tigers Run-Rule UC Davis, 8-0
  • No. 22 Nebraska 6, No. 11 Mizzou 4
    No. 11 Mizzou 2, No. 5 Washington 0
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Fall to No. 22 Nebraska, Defeat No. 5 Huskies
  • Northwestern 7, No. 11 Mizzou 1
    No. 11 Mizzou 7, No. 7 UCLA 5
    MUtigers.com: Softball Splits Final Day in Cathedral City
    The Missourian: Missouri goes 3-2 at weekend tournament
    KBIA Sports Extra: No. 11 Missouri Softball takes 3 of 5 in Cathedral City Classic

Mizzou Baseball Links

For the weekend in San Francisco, Mizzou catcher Ben Turner went 3-for-11, and left fielder Scott Sommerfeld went 3-for-6 with a walk. The rest of the team went 8-for-73 with four walks, an on-base percentage of .156. That … probably isn't going to cut it. Mizzou's pitching looked solid overall -- Eric Anderson (7.1 innings, 7 hits, 2 earned runs) and Rob Zastryzny (5.1 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs) each had decent starts, and relievers not named Blake Holovach (1 inning, 6 hits, 1 earned run) looked solid, but the offense just did not make the trip west, and Mizzou's now 2-4 because of it. The good news is, Mizzou doesn't make another road trip for a month. They play 19 consecutive home games, which includes series against Ball State, Charlotte, North Dakota, High Point, Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas.

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Congrats to the women's basketball team for continuing to peck away and figuring out how to win some games late in the season!

  • The Trib: Tribune writers honored with APSE awards
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Tops Kansas State in a Thriller, 61-56
    The Trib: Priede's late 3 helps Tigers defeat Wildcats
    The Trib: Freshmen lead women's basketball revival at MU
    The Missourian: Missouri uses overtime for first conference home win
    The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Kansas State
    KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou continues hot streak in victory over Kansas State
  • Mizzou Swimming & Diving
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Takes Third at Big 12 Championships
    The Trib: MU relay team makes a statement
    MUtigers.com: Bonuchi Finishes First in Big 12's
    MUtigers.com: Stafford Finishes First in 200 Free
    MUtigers.com: Bouchard, Stafford Claim Titles on Final Day of Big 12 Championships
    The Missourian: Missouri's Stafford claims Newcomer of the Meet at Big 12 Championships
  • Mizzou Gymnastics
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Roll Bowling Green
    The Trib: Tiger gymnasts bring it when it counts
    The Missourian: Senior Mary Burke leads Missouri to victory
  • Mizzou Wrestling
    MUtigers.com: Wrestling Drops Regular Season Finale at OSU
    Daily Oklahoman: Cowboys bounce back with win over Missouri
  • Mizzou Track & Field
    MUtigers.com: Roxberg, West Claim Titles on Final Day of Big 12s
  • Mizzou Tennis
    MUtigers.com: No. 71 Gophers Surpass Tigers 6-1
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Downs No. 62 Virginia Tech, 6-1
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