"The Tricky Trio" huh? I'm into it. Then again, I'm almost always in favor of nicknames that involve puns and/or alliteration.
A comeback in title town
Mizzou Baseball (15-12, 0-6 SEC) defeated Saint Louis 5-3, on a windy Tuesday evening at Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, capitalizing on a RBI from freshman Brian Sharp [Liberty, Mo.] and an RBI double from Shane Benes (Town & Country, Mo.). The defense played a crucial role in Mizzou's victory, turning a season-high five double plays, the most in a game since April, 26, 2014 against Florida.
The Tigers, who entered the game on a six-game skid and having lost nine of their last 10 games, used the Royals’ dugout and tapped into the reigning World Series champion’s penchant for rallying during a 5-3 comeback victory.
"I’m not a big Royals fan, but we do have a lot of KC guys on our team that definitely do love the Royals," said Mizzou sophomore third baseman Shane Benes, a St. Louis native and the son of former Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes. "We did use a little of their magic today."
For all you salty Cardinals fans reading this, just remember: you have to earn the right to host the Baseball Tigers. The Royals won it fair and square. You want Mizzou back at Busch? You better earn it.
#TigerStyle is 'bout that MACtion, boss
Following its fourth straight Mid-American Conference Championship, fifth conference championship overall (Big 12 Title in 2012), and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, Mizzou Wrestling swept the end-of-the-year MAC awards, announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Head CoachBrian Smith earned MAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight season (fifth overall, Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012), while junior 197-pounder J'den Cox(Columbia, Mo.) won MAC Wrestler of the Year for the second time in his career (2014), and redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) earned MAC Freshman Wrestler of the Year.
The three awards mark the third consecutive season #TigerStyle has swept the end of the year MAC honors. In 2014, Smith was named Coach of the Year, while Cox won Wrestler of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2014. Last season, Smith was Coach of the Year, while Drake Houdashelt took home Wrestler of the Year honors and redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Willie Miklus (Altoona, Iowa) won Freshman Wrestler of the Year.
EMM - AYY - SEE! EMM - AYY - CEE!
Welcome back, Keyon!
Dooling says he thinks the current #Mizzou basketball team needs to reconnect with past players, especially during recruitment time.— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) March 29, 2016
Dooling on alumni involvement "I would like to see more former players coming back...We feel like we can help restore the program." #Mizzou— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) March 29, 2016
My package on @Keyon_Dooling's post-NBA adventure will air on KOMU Sports tomorrow.— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) March 29, 2016
You still have some eligibility left, yeah?
Speaking of former Mizzou basketball players:
St. Louis University has offered its head basketball coaching job to former Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford, and he has accepted, a source familiar with the matter confirmed Tuesday night.
Or maybe not?
SLU sent this statement tonight "Saint Louis University has not hired a men's basketball coach. The process is ongoing."— Rene Knott (@reneknottsports) March 30, 2016