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Mizzou Links, 5-30-08

Aaron Crow: 1st-Team All-American. Nice. No other Big 12 players were on the 1st- or 2nd-team, though it's worth noting that THREE Miami players were on 1st-team: LHP Chris Hernandez, 2B Jemile Weeks, and DH Yonder Alonso. They're, uhh, good.

The Trib does double duty on Mizzou Baseball today, as Matt Nestor takes on Aaron Senne while Dave Matter takes a look at all the live arms in the Coral Gables Region. From the highly enjoyable Senne article:

"If we’re missing somebody on the bus and we’re about to take off and we’re missing one guy, we know it’s Aaron," Coleman said. "He catches some good, old-fashioned ribbing for that. … He’s never late. But I guarantee you, he’s never the first guy there."

This is Senne for the Tigers: He leads the team with a .358 average and 63 RBI, a perfect combination of production for the team’s No. 3 hitter. Senne also leads the Tigers with 23 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games, including four games in which he drove in five or more runs.

"I don’t necessarily treat" the third spot in the order "as a power spot," Senne said. "My objective every time at the plate is still to get on base. I’ve got" Jacob "Priday behind me, so the more I can get on base, the more runs we’re going to get with him producing behind me."

Thought to be a risk in the third spot in the lineup early in this season, Senne has put Missouri Coach Tim Jamieson’s fears to rest. Because of Senne’s inexperience, Jamieson was uncertain how the left-hander would handle batting third, especially against left-handed pitchers.

No worries. A first-team All-Big 12 selection, the Rochester, Minn., native has at least one hit in 43 of his 56 games and has gone no more than two straight games without a hit, which he’s done only twice.

The Missourian has found the key for this weekend: confidence. My main key: don't commit as many errors as runs. Meanwhile, the KC Star's Blair Kerkhoff spits out a preview of his own.

Quick SAT question: Aaron Senne is to slow what Jacob Priday is to _____.

A: Fast
B: Slower
C: Verisimilitude
D: Having a good ol' time.

(Any excuse to use the word 'verisimilitude' is a good excuse.)

One quick non-baseball blurb: lots of football recruiting updates from both PowerMizzou and Inside Mizzou. PM whips out a mailbag, gives an update on OK LB Gus Jones (he was offered by OU, visited, and committed to OU...such is the case with small-town Oklahomans), tells us that TJ "Mizzou Lock" Moe might not be quite as much of a lock now that Wisconsin has entered the fray, and tells about Missouri's upcoming summer camp plans. Meanwhile, Inside Mizzou catches up with Nathan Scheelhaase, Kansas OL Justin Aumen, and DE Garrett Kraft.

Finally, with the first pitch coming in just a few hours, it's time to whip out a Mizzou-Ole Miss good luck charm.