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Mizzou Links, 4-1-08

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So it wasn't the best throw Chase Daniel has ever made to Jeremy Maclin...just further proof that Daniel doesn't know how to make a half-assed throw.  Still a great honor...and a sign that, as long as we don't tank in 2008, the tide has turned in St. Louis.  That's right, in case you missed it, Gary Pinkel's flight out of Florida was delayed, and he wasn't able to throw out the first pitch at yesterday's home opener for the Cards...so Daniel and Maclin stepped in.  Pretty cool.

(And I did love Maclin's "I hope he never throws another one like that to me again" quote on KOMU this morning.)

PowerMizzou looks back at the main question marks heading into Spring Practice and wonders what we've learned so far.  Here's a taste:

Cornerback: We've learned there may not be quite as much competition as we thought for the starting spots. Carl Gettis and Castine Bridges have pretty much proven to be the two best with their play so far this spring. Things will get interesting when the new signees hit campus in fall as far as the backup spots, but the starters seem to be solid.

I was going to look up all the major baseball Top 25's, but then I realized that's why trripleplay exists.  Simmons Field has 'em all--#4 in Baseball America and Rivals, #7 in USA Today/ESPN, among others.  Not as far a drop as I would have guessed.  Here's Baseball America's Top 25 Tracker blurb.

  1. MISSOURI Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in Big 12. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

After winning Friday, the Tigers dropped the final two games against Texas Tech and sustained their first series loss of the year. Though Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) fell just short of his third straight complete-game shutout Friday, he did stretch his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 33.2. He's 6-0, 0.84 with 60-11 K-BB in 43 innings overall. Jr. RHP Ian Berger (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was brilliant again Saturday and left with a 2-1 lead, but the Mizzou bullpen surrendered two runs in the ninth. The bullpen was hit hard again Sunday after So. RHP Kyle Gibson (5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) left with a 7-4 lead, as Jr. LHP Rick Zagone and Fr. LHP Tyler Clark combined to allow 11 earned runs—six of them in the ninth inning.

It's baseball fever on the Mizzou blogs.  Big Head shares his thoughts on Mizzou Baseball's craptastic weekend, while AJ manages to rip on Husker baseball AND football in the same post.

Finally, the Trib's Steve Walentik laments his crappy bracket...I know the feeling.