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TJ Sikkema gets honored as Mizzou baseball looks to finish the regular season strong

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TJ Sikkema joins some e-l-i-t-e company in Missouri history

Sikkema, Missouri’s ace, was named a semifinalist for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award, becoming the third Mizzou player to make that cut.

The guys he joins? Maybe you’ve heard of them:

  • Kyle Gibson (2009)
  • Aaron Crow (2008)

Not too shabby.

Sikkema is one of 16 (SIXTEEN!) SEC players to make the cut to 25, and his numbers speak for themselves. Sikkema is 7-3 with a 1.36 ERA in 16 appearances (79.2 innings) with 91 strikeouts. He’s No. 2 in the SEC in ERA and tied for fifth in strikeouts.

While he almost assuredly won’t win the award, it’s a fantastic honor for Sikkema, who has led Missouri to a fantastic season with eyes on a No. 2 regional seed. That goal can become a reality beginning Thursday, as Missouri hosts Florida in a three-game series to close the regular season.

Based on this series, Missouri will finish the regular season anywhere from 37-18-1 (best-case) to 34-21-1 (worst-case). The Tigers are 4-20 all-time against Florida, but this isn’t the same Gators’ team of recent vintage as they are 30-23 overall and 10-17 in SEC play. The Gators have dropped two in a row and are 3-12 on the road — good news for Missouri!

First pitch Thursday is at 6:30 p.m. CT, and the game is on SEC Network+ — but if you’re in Columbia, really consider making the trek to Taylor Stadium for a game this weekend.

Sikkema will be on the bump on Friday. Get to know him a little bit closer before then:


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