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Missouri Baseball’s Border War return did not go as planned

Mizzou News for Wednesday, March 31

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WELP.

Mizzou’s game against kansas started out well enough and they were chugging along. Lukas Veinbergs pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out five.

They scored two in the third off a single by senior Mark Vierling, added on three more in the fourth on a homer by Luke Mann and an RBI by Dalton McNamara (his first), and another two in the fifth on some good baserunning by Brandt Belk and Andrew Keefer. In the seventh, they added two more on hits by Mann and Cameron Swanger. Everything was going great, and the Tigers were up 9-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

And then...

Accurate.

This happened.... Or basically this, anyway. The Jayhawks came up to bat and promptly scored eight runs. EIGHT RUNS. SIX of which came with two outs. YIKES. I don’t even know how it happened, but it did, and it was B-A-D.

The Tigers got the tying run to second base in the last inning, but a double play sealed the deal. The Border War rivalry was renewed... and got off to a disappointing start. And the Tigers’ unnerving season continued.

From Head Coach Steve Bieser, according to MUTigers.com:

“When you think you’ve got the ballgame in hand and things are rolling your way, all of the sudden you give up eight runs in one inning. It’s just unacceptable and we just have to continue to work. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us.”

That is true. It really is just not okay, and they HAVE to be better. This was a winnable game, as Kortay pointed out in his preview.

Next up for the Tigers is A&M, and our resident baseball writer Kortay (or so he’s become now) will have a preview for you later in the week!

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Other Mizzou Sports

  • Women’s Track has signed a new hurdler. Welcome, Isabella!
  • Bronte and Marta have moved up in the National Doubles rankings after coming in at 76th last week. Good work, ladies!
  • And finally, Gymnastics’ NCAA Championships quest continues in the second (regional) round, which will air on ESPN3 on April 2.

Mizzou in the Pros

  • MARKUS! Re-signed!
  • Eric Blum of the Columbia Tribune provided a list of five former Tigers to keep an eye on as the new Major League Baseball gets kicked off.
  • Michael Porter, Jr had quite the game on Tuesday night, helping the Nuggets beat the 76ers, 104-95. It did get a bit dicey in the fourth quarter as Denver allowed the Sixers to get wayyyyy too close, but it was a win regardless, which makes them 12-3 in their last 15— best in the NBA.

In his 36 minutes (second highest on the team), he scored 27 points on 11-16 shooting (5-7 from three), with 12 rebounds and four assists. That’ll do, Mike. That’ll do! According to Mike Singer of the DP on twitter about his performance (and couldn’t resist the reply):

  • Jordan Clarkson continued his disappointing March, so here’s hoping that since the month is ending, his slump will go with it. In the Jazz’s 114-75 win over the Cavs on Monday, Clarkson scored nine points on 3-14 shooting (1-7 from three) in his 19 minutes of play.
  • Jontay Porter did not play in the Grizzlies’ 120-110 win over the Rockets on Monday night. Next up for the Grizz and Jazz is a matchup against one another tonight at 7. Let’s hope for playing time for Tay and better shooting for JC, huh?

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