Mizzou Links, 5-22-13

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Mizzou's baseball season ends in predictable (and gut-wrenching) fashion, Softball Super Regionals start tomorrow evening, and the Rivals250 is out.

1. The pitching staff was wrecked ... and they'd have surely exited quickly ... but damn, go 17 innings, with a ranked team, in single-elimination and lose?

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Drops Marathon SEC Tourney Game, 2-1
KC Star: Missouri’s season ends with 17-inning loss to Mississippi State in SEC tournament
The Missourian: Missouri baseball ends season with 17-inning loss at SEC tournament
Team Speed Kills: SEC Tournament: Mississippi State 2, Missouri 1 (17) -- Closing Time
The Dispatch: ost-game at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium: No. 16 Mississippi State 2, Missouri 1 (17 innings) - Bulldogs outlast Missouri while tying longest ever SEC Tournament game
Al.com: #SECBaseball: Social media reacts to Day 1 of the SEC Tournament

I mean, it's not like we didn't know the fatal flaw that was going to end Mizzou Baseball's season, but damn.

Rob Zastryzny: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB
Keaton Steele: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB

Mizzou Offense: 11-for-57 (.193), 0 RBI, 1 extra-base hit, 16 K, 4 BB

Mizzou took a 1-0 lead (on a wild pitch) in the third inning, then didn't score again. Brutal way to end a rather brutal season.

2. Softball Super Regionals start tomorrow night!

The Trib: Earleywine: No hidden agendas this time
Mizzou Network (YouTube): Tiger Top 5: Mizzou Softball Regionals

3. Yeah, she good

KBIA Sports: By the Numbers: Chelsea Thomas’ Mizzou career in review

4. Aiming high (in a year where that's not going to work very well)

PowerMizzou: Missouri in the Rivals250

A year ago, Missouri's staff ended the 2013 recruiting cycle with offers out to 33 of the final Rivals250. This year -- in May, remember -- that number is already 42, based on the latest release of the Rivals250 presented by Under Armour.

The distribution of Missouri's offers to Rivals250 members shows the change in the staff's recruiting map since the move to the SEC. Twenty of the 42 offers reside in states with an SEC team, which is the same number as the 2013 class. This year, however, Missouri has the most Rivals250 offers in two states:

The Tigers have six offers out to Rivals250 recruits in both Georgia and Illinois.

5. Everybody say hello to this "Dave Matter" guy

Post-Dispatch (Eye on the Tigers): Allow me to introduce myself

You better not stink, new guy!

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