Mizzou baseball gets bounced 2-1 by Ole Miss in the opening round of the SEC tournament
Before we examine what this late-season swoon means for Missouri’s regional hopes, let’s take a look at the called strike-three that ended the game on Tuesday:
That’s a TERRIBLE call to end the game. pic.twitter.com/ZsB6H96hOs— 11Point7: The College Baseball Podcast (@11point7) May 21, 2019
I didn’t know Eric Gregg was behind the plate and Livan Hernandez was on the rubber for Ole Miss!
(I hope someone got that 1997 NLCS reference.)
Missouri went with Konnor Ash to start the game, getting four innings of no-run ball in his second start before Jacob Cantleberry gave up the deciding two runs in two innings, erasing Missouri’s early 1-0 lead and sending the Tigers home.
GAME STORY: Ole Miss 2, Missouri 1
Missouri ends its season on a five-game losing streak, losing the finale against Vanderbilt, getting swept by Florida and then the loss in Hoover to finish 34-22-1. Two weeks ago, Missouri was trying to lock-up a two-seed in a regional. Now, it seems uncertain if Missouri will make the postseason.
Missouri was listed as one of the last five teams in the field in D1Baseball’s latest postseason projections — which came out prior to the Tigers’ loss on Tuesday.
“Obviously we wanted to win today and that would’ve sealed it. This is a team that has played 10 Southeastern Conference series’. We’ve only lost four of those. I like our resume and I like this team. This is a team that is going to get healthy in the next week. We’re getting one of our starters back. Everything is rolling our way and we’d be very difficult in a regional. I feel like our resume is really solid. To keep this team out of a NCAA Regional would be a shame.”
Tough end to the season for Missouri, and it will likely require 11 berths for SEC teams in order for their season to continue. The SEC is the best conference in baseball, sure, but there’s going to be some uneasy days ahead until Selection Monday.
Yesterday at Rock M
- ICYMI, Shawn Robinson has filed a waiver with the NCAA seeking immediate eligibility at Missouri after his transfer from TCU. Why not?
- No one told me it’s already Watch List SZN. Cale Garrett is on the 2019 Lott Impact Watch List, which is given to the defensive player with the best character and performance. Garrett has both of those in spoonfuls; he’s also the highest-graded returning linebacker in the SEC.
- Speaking of uneasy days ahead, Sophie Cunningham is playing the waiting game as the Phoenix Mercury look to cut their roster from 14 to 12 ahead of the start of the season.
- Gabe DeArmond’s “Why They Coach” series at PowerMizzou.com has reached the Barry Odom phase. Read the full Q&A on Missouri’s head football coach.