Missouri baseball is peaking as it nears postseason play
The Tigers scored three touchdowns against SEMO on Wednesday, beating the Redhawks 21-6 to move to 31-15-1 on the season.
Austin James went 3-for-5 with three doubles and five RBIs; Chris Cornelius was a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Alex Peterson added a home run of his own in the blowout.
The Tigers have rebounded in a big way since their sweep at the hands of top-five Georgia, rolling off five straight wins since that weekend. Of course, the next three series will be even more of a proving ground, as Missouri heads to No. 23 Tennessee, then No. 2 Vanderbilt before closing at home against Florida.
At 10-10-1 in the conference, Missouri has its best shot to finish at .500 or better in conference play for only the second time in its SEC tenure — the first coming in 2015. Missouri could also reach or surpass its best win total in that span (36 in 2017).
The postseason seems like a safe bet at this point — as long as Missouri is appealing the NCAA sanctions, it will be eligible — and Missouri has moved back up to being projected a as two-seed in the Corvallis regional by D1Baseball.com. A week ago, Missouri a three-seed, again in the Corvallis regional.
So, if you’re going to start paying attention to Missouri baseball (if you’re not already), now’s the time.
Putting up 21 runs against SEMO is one thing, but a big reason why Missouri is performing so well, and why Missouri is positioning itself for a deep postseason run, is the pitching staff. Reed Koutelas of the Columbia Missourian took a look at Missouri’s pitching coach, Fred Corral, who is the man behind one of the most dominant staffs in the SEC.
They’ll need that staff to continue its stellar work over the next three weekends. If it does, the bandwagon will just continue to get more full.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Dave Matter’s weekly chat at STLtoday.com is, once again, chock-full of good information, with a heavy dose of NFL draft post-mortem. Check it out.
- Speaking of STLtoday.com, Derrick Goold went in-depth on Max Scherzer’s on-going Hall-of-Fame career. Of course, Scherzer then lost to the Cardinals, giving up three runs in seven innings as the tough-luck loser.
- Missouri hoops is still after Texas A&M de-commit Kobe Brown, and Brown spoke with the folks at the Vanderbilt Rivals site about recruiting. It’s premium, but there’s not much of note to pass along, anyway — Brown says no one is sticking out.
- Missouri also offered 2020 4-star Chicago SG Adam Miller on Wednesday. Miller is a top target for Illinois, so if Missouri were able to pull him out of state, it would be doubly sweet.
- Missouri softball won its 30th game of the year with an 8-0 win over UMKC on Wednesday. That snapped a three-game losing streak.
- Sophomore golfer Jamie Stewart qualified for the NCAA Regional — the first Missouri golfer to do that since 2012.
- The NCAA Gambling Working Group (which ad agency came up with that name?) is proposing “the first-ever standardized national player availability report for college sports,” sources told CBS Sports. So, if it goes into effect for this season, we’ll get official injury reports before each game, and the guess work for the media, fans and gamblers alike will get much lower.