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Mizzou baseball’s postseason fate in jeopardy after early exit in Hoover

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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:

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.

Coach Steve Bieser didn’t waste time in talking about his team’s merits for the postseason. From the postgame notebook on, Bieser said this:

“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.

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