After 3-0 loss to Auburn, Missouri softball awaits its postseason fate
Missouri’s run in the SEC Tournament was short lived as the Tigers were bounced by Auburn in the first round on Wednesday night. Auburn got a strong complete-game shutout effort from Chardonnay Harris, as Maddie Norman was the tough-luck loser for Missouri, pitching a complete-game of her own in the loss.
Auburn robbed Missouri defensively a few times after going up 1-0 in the first inning; a two-run home run by Morgan Podany in the fifth produced the final scoreline.
Missouri did a little robbing of its own, too.
A disappointing end for Missouri’s regular season, undoubtedly, but the Tigers will be a time to watch in the NCAA postseason. Missouri (32-23) will find out its destination on Sunday.
Missouri hoops raises APR, can finally put Frank Haith’s roster turnover behind them
The latest APR came out on Wednesday, and Missouri’s four-year average jumped to 953, according to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This is despite the year-over-year number falling from 955 to 953.
The reason for that jump in four-year average (932 to 953)?
An insane 851 mark from 2013-2014 is finally off the books.
Last year, the Tigers were on the brink of sanctions. Teams that produce four-year averages that dip below 930 are eligible for penalties, including postseason bans. Mizzou’s low score for 2013-14 reflected the roster overhaul in Frank Haith’s final year as coach.
So, the effects of the Frank Haith regime can finally be put to bed.
- This isn’t new news, as a few places (PowerMizzou.com had it first, I believe) reported this last summer, but the Missouri-Colorado football home-and-home is now officially official. Start making plans for 2025 and 2030!
- Latest baseball postseason projections are out: D1Baseball.com has Missouri as a two-seed in the Coral Gables Regional, with Miami as the one seed. BaseballAmerica.com has Missouri as a two-seed in the Waco regional, with Baylor as the one-seed.
- This is behind a paywall, but D1Baseball.com also has a spotlight on Missouri pitcher TJ Sikkema, a contender for the Golden Spikes Award.
- Terez Hall, it seems, made a big impression on former Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta, who said Hall was one of the hardest hitters he faced.
- And, finally, a big congratulations to Cameron Teague-Robinson, who is leaving the Columbia Tribune to become the Louisville football beat writer at the Louisville Courier-Journal. You’ll be missed, Cam!
I’ve accepted a job as the Louisville football beat writer at the Louisville Courier-Journal.— Cameron Teague (@cj_teague) May 8, 2019
I’m excited to join the already talented staff there. I’ll be moving to Louisville in a week and am extremely excited for this next step of my career.