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It’s Game Day, Tiger Fans! Mizzou Faces Illinois-Chicago in Regionals

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Mizzou News for Friday, May 21

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

GAME DAY!

Today, at 3:30pm (on ESPN3 if you’re streaming the game), the Tigers will host the Illinois-Chicago Flames in regional play for the start of the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament. Win today, and Missouri will face the winner of Northern Iowa/Iowa State, which kicks off before the Tigers’ game at 1pm. Lose, and they’ll play the loser of the 1pm game. Obviously, we are rooting for the first scenario.

Anthony Kristensen of the Missourian dove into the matchup a bit more in a great article, talking about the power and all-around great play of two-time Horizon League Player of the Year, Kayla Wedl, who I mentioned in this piece earlier in the week. As mentioned in the article, Wedl comes into the game with 14 home runs, 51 RBI and with a batting average of .432. Coach Lynn Curylo called Wedl their “ignitor”, and Larissa Anderson is excited and prepared for her team to face the star.

“Every time I go into a game, I’m acknowledging, ‘What is the one player I don’t want to beat us?’ And (Wedl) would be that one player,” Anderson said. “We don’t want to give her anything good to hit … It’s really keeping her out of position to be able to win the game for them.”

To wish the Tigers luck, Coach Drink sent the team some sweet treats, and is excited to cheer them on tomorrow.

This will be the first time all season that the Tigers could play in a full capacity stadium, and several of the the Tigers have never seen the stadium full in their time. I’m sure it will be an incredible experience, and one you may still be able to take advantage of if you’re lucky. Last time I checked (earlier Thursday evening), there were still single-session tickets available. Be sure to check out MUTigers.com for more details!

On to the Links!

Let’s go, Tigers! #Ownit

Sorry, y’all. I just wanted an excuse to use this gif.

-Love, Your Number 1 Softball Fan Site, Rock M Nation


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More Links:

Football

  • Rock M contributor Sammy Stava shared this gem on Twitter, from CBS Sports. We love a rise in rankings around here.

Hoops

  • At the Tiger Takeover in Springfield, Coach Martin spoke with reporter Matt Vereen about Missouri State.

How about another interested program in Missouri and Cuonzo Martin?

“Coach Martin is a special coach, leader, and man. I’m so happy for the success the program is having this season. Their guards are so tough - Pinson, The Smiths, Buggs, etc. The SEC is always elite. Strong academics and culture.”

Diamond Sports

  • In awesome news, Mizzou Softball placed SIX on the NFCA DI All-Region team, their most in program HISTORY, according to this press release from MUTigers.com. Brooke Wilmes and freshman Jenna Laird were each named to the first team, while Hatti Moore, Kimberly Wert and Abby George were named to the second team. Finally, Cayla Kessinger was named to the third team. So much congrats goes out to these ladies for their hard work and success.
  • Ummm… that’s NOT the way to get the series started, fellas. Now the Tigers MUST win the next two to have even a glimmer of hope. Oh, and A&M needs to lose their remaining games as well (they won Thursday night).
  • In response to Matter’s tweet about the approval for the football facility, former Tiger baseball player Ian Bedell had some choice words on the university’s spending choices.

Other Mizzou Sports

Mizzou in the WNBA/NBA

  • Former Tigers have been receiving all sorts of press for their performances this season, both on the court and in coaching. The end-of-season NBA awards finalists were announced, and Quin Snyder, head coach of the Utah Jazz, was named one of three finalists for Coach of the Year, MPJ is a finalist for Most Improved Player, and Jordan Clarkson is a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Mizzou Hoops is excited, to be expected. The former Tigers face some stiff competition, but I sense a strong chance that both Quin and JC take home awards. Mike will be fighting off Julius Randle, so that one might be tough.
  • Sophie Cunningham and the Mercury get set to rematch the Connecticut Sun (who they just lost to on Sunday) at 9pm. The game will be televised on Facebook.

If you’re interested in checking out the W this year, you can get a league pass for $17 for the entire season after a 7-day trial at wnba.com.

Now that the Playoffs are starting, I will be writing a column multiple times a week detailing how things are going for Jontay, Mike, and JC. I’ll also check in on Soph in the W, of course.

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