One Down. Four To Go.
This is Mizzou’s new hashtag, which started over the weekend after the (surprising) series victory over then-no. 12 Arkansas.
Krings said they will attack no matter who they're playing. Thinking about last year, they said being here before helps them remain relaxed.— Karen S (@karensteger) May 10, 2023
The momentum from walking off two games has given them the belief they can win. "Every single inning is 0-0."
The Missouri Tigers (now 34-23, 8-17) came into the SEC Tourney as the last seed but the best defensive team against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (now 28-25, 7-18), the worst defensive team. And the Bulldogs’ defensive liabilities wholeheartedly contributed to the Tigers’ early lead on Tuesday evening in Fayetteville with Mizzou ace Laurin Krings facing off against MS State freshman Reis Beuerlein.
In the top of the second, after Payton Jackson reached base on a 2B fielding error, CoMo native Maddie Snider launched a two-out triple to right center, easily scoring PJ to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Coach has been particularly happy with Snider’s performance as of late, reminding us in the postgame that she wasn’t in the lineup for almost a month, and came back this last week or so with a vengeance.
“She hasn’t missed a beat and she’s come through really clutch in the last week. And that’s what we need. We need production. At the bottom of the lineup to be able to set it up for the top of our lineup,” Coach said.
MADDIE SNIDER!!— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 10, 2023
Snider smashes a triple to right center and the Tigers strike first in Fayetteville!!#OwnIt #MIZ | #SECSB pic.twitter.com/PJREiha6wb
After unproductive innings for both teams in the third— Specs did have a nasty strikeout (her first) that inning, in the fourth, Mississippi State tied it up 1-1 on a solo shot to LF that stayed just inside the foul pole.
Just a half inning later, Mizzou retook the lead 2-1 after a two-out double by Alex Honnold — it appeared to be a HR — brought in Jenna Laird, who was aboard with a single that she took 2B on.
In the postgame, when asked about the HR-ish double, Anderson made clear that if she had had any challenges left, she would have been using one. When asked if the ball went out, Honnold, a woman of few words, said, “Yeah” before adding (with prompting) that in her previous two ABs, the pitches were pretty much outside, so she was looking for a pitch that she could drive and wade a little bit more deep into the count. Mission accomplished, Al Pal.
Dalythen hit a single right after that to put runners at the corners for Julia Crenshaw, but Honnold was thrown out at the plate trying to be crafty, thus ending the threat before her AB got started. After another stellar Specs 1-2-3 inning which featured a great diving play back to the bag for Riley Frizell, the Tigers threatened again. In the 6th, with new pitcher Josey Marron (another freshman, and their strikeout leader) in the circle, THE FRIZ smoked a double into the left side gap, and Kaylee Lenger, aboard as a PR for Riley, advanced to 3B on a Crenshaw groundout, but she remained 60 feet from home.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that Krings walked her first batter of the game, but the MSU runner only got as far as 2B after a massive 3rd K for Specs on a drop ball that went almost into the dirt and an easy play for the third out.
With just three outs left to advance, the Tigers attacked — AGAIN with two outs!!! — as Jenna singled up the middle and Alex was hit by a pitch. With two on and two out, Kara ice-in-her-[expletive redacted]-veins Daly worked a beautiful AB, with a bunch of great cuts before smoking a ball down the LF line to give the Tigers additional cushion and make it 3-1.
KARA DALY DOUBLE ALERT— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) May 10, 2023
Daly with her 13th of the season to increase the Tigers edge to 3-1!!#OwnIt #MIZ pic.twitter.com/1TpILxHLbW
Missouri clearly didn’t need any cushion though, not with Killer Krings and the conference’s top defense in the circle to close it out:
B7: Krings back out to close this one out.— Karen S (@karensteger) May 10, 2023
Out 1: A flyout to CF. Alex barely moves.
Out 2: Groundout to Jenna.
Out 3: Frizell makes the play.
Mizzou 3 | Mississippi State 1
Alabama and Montana Fouts (they've beaten her before) await. 4pm.
In the postgame, Coach got real with us. “The game doesn’t care what seed we are,” she said. “We’re just here to play ball and compete and fight like crazy and play as long as we possibly can.” She continued. “I think the most impressive thing is all three runs we score were with two out and that just shows you the fight this team has.”
As well as the two-out production, Krings was no question the star of the show. “Krings had an unbelievable outing,” Coach Anderson said. “Only gave up two hits, and one of them was really the only pitch that got away from her. She really dominated both sides of the plate and kept them off balance.”
I asked if it crossed her mind to bring in her closer, Taylor Pannell, and Larissa pretty succinctly said no. “Krings is the veteran and I wanted her to finish her game and she only had given up two hits.” She added, “If I see that the opposing team is starting to make adjustments and starting to hit her hard, then I’m going to make a change, but they weren’t and they weren’t squaring up a lot of balls. So I’m going to continue to ride whatever pitcher I have in the circle.”
- Jenna Laird: 2-4 | 2 R | 1 LOB
- Alex Honnold: 1-3 | RBI | double | HBP | CS
- Kara Daly: 2-3 | RBI | double | BB | SB
- Riley Frizell: 1-3 | double | K | 2 LOB
- Maddie Snider: 1-3 | RBI | triple | BB
- Laurin Krings: 7IP | CG | 2 H | 1 ER | BB | 3 K | 2 XBH | 24 BF | 102 pitches
Overall Hitting Stats: 3 R | 7 H | 3 RBI | 4 XBH | 2 BB | 4 K (2 looking) | HBP | 6 LOB | 1 SB | 1 CS | .250 BA | .462 w/ 2 outs | .375 RISP
Overall Pitching Stats: 2 H | 1 ER | BB | 3 K | 2B | HR | .087 OppBA | .125 w/ 2 outs | .286 leadoff
On to the Links! M-I-Z! BEAT MONTANA (Fouts)!
"We wanna keep the club open."— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 10, 2023
Just vibes for @MizzouSoftball pic.twitter.com/JXEr4tqYVO
Yesterday at Rock M
- A new Dive Cuts with Snelling & Watkins: Discussing Mizzou’s roster, its needs, and the portal
- Nate’s schedule previews continue, and next up: the Memphis Tigers, who the Missouri Tigers will face in The Lou
- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: This was a good one— Pourover: The transfer portal has disrupted high school recruiting
- REMINDER: GO FOLLOW OUR INSTAGRAM! We’ve got stories. We’ve got highlights. We’ve got reels. It’s real fancy over there.
- Columbia Tribune: New Mizzou lineman Cam’Ron Johnson made a promise. You should believe him (Chris Kwiecinski)
- PowerMizzou: Catching up with 2024 4-star WR Jeremiah McClellan (Jarod Hamilton) | Listen to the new True Tiger Insider: Kris Abrams-Draine | Mizzou players to watch out for in the 2024 NFL Draft (Hamilton) | Official visit check-in, Part 1 (Sean Williams)
- KC Star: Listen to the newest (5/4 edition) of the SportsBeat KC podcast— Talking Missouri Tigers with Eli Drinkwitz, Dennis Gates and Brian Smith
- PowerMizzou: What NBA Draft analysts are saying about Brown, Hodge (Drew King) | Checking in on 2024 forward Jordan McCullum (King) | True Tiger Insider: Nick Honor
- Some John Tonje highlights— excited to watch this dude play:
- KOBE News:
#Mizzou’s Kobe Brown will participate in the NBA Combine https://t.co/iorGjTNQbk— Nathalie Jones (@NathalieABC17) May 9, 2023
Kobe Brown has teams' attention. Think he's solidly in the mid-2nd round with room to rise next week.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 10, 2023
Execs heard the noise about Grant Nelson but don't think most have seen him live more than once if at all. There will be lot of interest in seeing him scrimmage.
FWIW, since Twitter is buzzin about Kobe Brown: All of the NBA folks I know think he's sticking in this draft, because teams like him (I mean, a 6-8 forward who is a connector and shoots 45% from 3, of course they do!) and he can be a top-45 pick and get a guaranteed deal.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) May 9, 2023
Show Me NIL News
- Well, color me intrigued. Missouri— absolutely awful on so much legislation, but grrrrrrreat for NIL, apparently... go figure.
Some things shaking on NIL front in Jeff City:— Order On The Court ⚖️ (@DataMizzou) May 9, 2023
1. Coaches may discuss NIL directly with recruits
2. Recruits may earn NIL once they sign NLI
3. NCAA/SEC may not penalize recruits/school for doing so
4. Player may use school's logo in NIL
5. Deal details are protected by FERPA
- Missouri lawmakers revise state’s NIL law, expand college coaches’ role in negotiations (Dave Matter, STL Today)
- How could a Missouri NIL law change impact MU athletics? (Matt Stahl, Columbia Tribune)
- Some more deets
This also puts in statute protection for student athletes saying as long as he or she is following state statute, the governing athletic conference (like the SEC) and NCAA cannot interfere. The language also allows athletes to use logos in their deals/ads. #moleg— Emily Manley (@EmilyManleyTV) May 9, 2023
- Anyone who is anyone was on hand in Jeff.
Thanks @KurtisGregory51 for the work you & our lawmakers continue to do! https://t.co/tr4k2RsJsu— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) May 9, 2023
Other Mizzou Sports
- WRESTLING: Great pickup for Tiger Style
New @MizzouWrestling commit junior Jake Stoffel, who recently won a Wisconsin state title at 152. #108 on @MatScouts1 2024 Big Board and #10 junior on @WI_wrestle. pic.twitter.com/eCwOy5G01X— James Hackney, SPT (@FFJames94) May 9, 2023
- GYMNASTICS: Hellooooooooooooooo, Beam Queens again! Mizzou lost Casey Jo McPherson to Pitt in the offseason and gained a fabulous replacement, per MUTigers.com.
“We are thrilled to have Lacey join our coaching staff,” Welker said. “Lacey comes to us after leading the beam team at ASU to a top-20 finish. Our entire team and staff were so impressed with her positive energy and ability to connect immediately. Lacey will immediately impact the University of Missouri Gymnastics program to compete for a spot at the NCAA Championships”
In 2023, Arizona State had a record-breaking campaign, finishing 15th in the country. The Gym Devils went on to upset then-No. 4 Utah, set a program-record road score in a win over Washington and deal then-No. 11 Oregon State its first loss of the season. Rubin primarily coached the beam squad, which ended the season ranked No.19 in the nation, with a season-high of 49.475 set at regionals.
Join us in welcoming Lacey Rubin to the Mizzou Family!! #MIZ pic.twitter.com/KPxSYiY5rY— Mizzou Gymnastics (@MizzouGym) May 9, 2023
- SOFTBALL: Congrats to Hannah McGivern on being named to the SEC Community Service Team (per MUTigers.com) | Tigers survive play-in, advance to take on Alabama in SEC Tournament (Christian Riley Dutcher, Missourian)
- Big congrats to Kara Daly for this well-deserved honor | More from ABC17’s Nathalie Jones
The #D1Softball Player of the Week: Kara Daly, Missouri— D1Softball (@D1Softball) May 9, 2023
The sophomore hit back-to-back walk-off home runs in the final two games against Arkansas to lead the Tigers to the series win.@MizzouSoftball x @karadaly09
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- BASEBALL: Mizzou softball, baseball teams face pivotal week as SEC postseasons loom (Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- It’s Senior Week for Mizzou Baseball!
Our next #Mizzou Senior Week spotlight features RHP Rorik Maltrud ⚾️#MIZ | #C2E | @RorikMaltrud pic.twitter.com/NG3CeXnlkC— Mizzou Baseball (@MizzouBaseball) May 9, 2023
- Good points, Matt & Sammy.
And if non-conference and midweek games don’t actually matter, then why play them during the season? https://t.co/QjkEAkE25t— Sammy Stava (@StavaonSTL) May 9, 2023
Former Tiger Corner
- Booker, Durant both score 36, MPJ picks up double-double as Suns even series with Nuggets (Ralph Brandt, Associated Press)
- Michael Porter, Jr. stats in Western Conference Semifinals:
Game 3 (Denver 114 - Suns 121): 37 min | 21 pts on 7-14 FG (6-10 3PT) | 12 REB (11 def) | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PF | +3
Game 4 (Denver 124 - Suns 129): 39 min | 11pts on 4-13 FG (2-9 3PT) | 10 REB (9 def) | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 PF | +0
Game 5 (Denver 118 - Suns 102): 28 min | 19pts on 7-11 FG (5-8 3PT) | 8 D-REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 PF | +24
Four deep buckets in Q1 for MPJ https://t.co/NLMp4H9XJf pic.twitter.com/EShKy9zENn— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) May 10, 2023
UP NEXT: Game 6 on 5/11 at 9pm on ESPN; Game 7 (if needed) on 5/14 TBD
- Draft snub fuels former Mizzou safety Martez Manuel during KC Chiefs’ rookie minicamp (Blair Kerkhoff, KC Star)
- EXPAND THE W, Y’ALL. Sorry, LDW :(
We have waived forward LaDazhia Williams.— Indiana Fever (@IndianaFever) May 9, 2023
- Best wishes to Arden Walker, who announced his commitment to Colorado. He’s from the state and a Buffs legacy, so no surprise here.
BREAKING: Former Missouri EDGE Arden Walker tells me he has Committed to Colorado!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) May 9, 2023
The 6’3 255 EDGE will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
“Especially being from Colorado and also being a legacy buff, I’ve seen the ups and downs of the program. I believe this is a shift.”… pic.twitter.com/HUYfuENBOc
- Best wishes to Anton Brookshire, who joins the team that another former Tiger, Sean Durugordon, just left. Welcome to Austin Peay, AB!
Another former Tiger on to his third home. Makes some sense. Gipson was in Springfield on the Missouri State staff when Brookshire was coming up at Kickapoo. https://t.co/9cPe9MsbRH— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) May 9, 2023
- Best wishes to Jayla Kelly, who joins the UCF Knights after three years at Mizzou. Go be great, JK. Read Parker’s story at the Missourian.
Blessed ⚔️ #goknights @coachmesser pic.twitter.com/kxnM1PehHQ— Jayla Kelly (@_jkk29) May 7, 2023
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