It's Diamond Sports Preview Week!
Softball starts Friday in Florida
MUtigers.com: Team Black Victorious in @MizzouSoftball Exhibition, 8-3
* Emily Crane: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
* Natalie Fleming: 2-for-4, 1 R, HR, 2 RBI
* Taylor Gadbois: 2-for-3, 1 R, 3B, RBI
* Cheyenne Baxter: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Mizzou finally kicks off its 2016 regular season on Feb. 19 at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. The Tigers will play six games over three days in their season opening tournament. Mizzou is set to face Jacksonville State, Elon, UAB, College of Charleston, Stephen F. Austin and Stetson.
MUtigers.com: @MizzouSoftball Adds TV, Radio Coverage for 2016
Baseball starts ... Friday in Florida
The Trib: MU baseball team hasn't forgotten bitter end to last season
Post-Dispatch: Buzz building for Mizzou baseball
Post-Dispatch: Houck emerges as Mizzou's next pitching star
With a two-seam fastball that touched 96 miles per hour last fall, Houck also throws a breaking ball that buckles the knees of righthanded hitters. In the offseason he further developed a changeup he rarely threw last spring. Houck, who doesn’t turn 20 until June 29, has the natural skill that reminds Mizzou coaches of their past pitching greats. It’s why national publications have already named Houck the No. 1 prospect for the 2017 major league draft.
A good, good hoops weekend
Good for the men
MUtigers.com: @MizzouHoops Wins #RallyForRhyan Game, Defeating Tennessee 75-64
MUtigers.com: #RallyForRhyan Game Raises More Than $50,000
The Trib: Rally for Rhyan Game raises more than $50,000
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou honors coach's daughter with victory
PowerMizzou: Tigers win for Rhyan
Good for the women
MUtigers.com: @MizzouWBB Dominates Arkansas to Earn 20th Victory
The Trib: MU women thrash Arkansas for first 20-win season since 2006
A tough finish for Team #TigerStyle
MUtigers.com: No. 5 @MizzouWrestling Falls to No. 3 N.C. State, 18-17
The Trib: Ealy, Ray share in Super Bowl experience
The Trib (David Morrison): A Few Good Minutes with...Shane Ray
Did you have a favorite quarterback that you’ve hit this year?
"I’d say Tom Brady. Definitely Tom Brady. I enjoyed hitting Tom. That was fun for me. It’s always fun to see a quarterback’s reaction when you hit him, and I think I hit Brady maybe three or four times that game. And he was just looking at me like, ‘Who is this guy? And why is he hitting me?’ So that was a good feeling for me."
Did you and Cam exchange any words in the Super Bowl?
"No, the thing is Cam didn’t really do a lot of talking on the field. Maybe a couple of times after a couple of hits. But on the field you could tell he was really just focused on trying to help his team win the game. I give him respect for that, especially after the game. He came up and shook everybody’s hand. You’ve got to respect that. But there wasn’t a lot of talking going on from him. Maybe some other players were talking, but Cam really kept to himself."
(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Elsewhere, an up-and-down weekend
Up: Track and Field
MUtigers.com: @MIZ_TrackField Clocks New Record in the 4x400m Relay
MUtigers.com: No. 15 @MizzouGym Falls to No. 25 Kentucky, 196.050-194.675
MUtigers.com: @MizzouTennis Defeats BYU, 5-2
Down: Women's Golf
Another iffy final round dropped the Tigers from top-three to seventh.
MUtigers.com: #23 @MUWomensGolf Finishes Seventh at Seminole Match Up