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Mizzou Links: E.J. Gaines was overlooked, and it was another strong diamond weekend

E.J. Gaines was overlooked in last year's draft, Markus Golden gets ready for the NFL, and both Mizzou Baseball and Softball came away with key series wins this weekend.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

E.J.! Scout's Tale: E.J. Gaines

I’m now working as an area scout, and one of the schools I’m responsible for is University of Missouri (Mizzou). E.J. Gaines was a player that I got to track during his career at the university. E.J. played well this season, and for that reason I often am asked how a guy like that falls to the sixth round. Sometimes those questions are hard to answer, and I just know the Rams are fortunate he did.

He ran a solid 40 time. He had incredible production. He was a senior who came out and played well over the course of his career. He wasn’t one of those juniors that was pushed up through the offseason process. He was just a really steady football player who did his job extremely well in the nation’s most competitive conference. For whatever reason, he was overlooked.

KTGR: The Inside Slant -- Markus Golden

Mizzou Tigers pennant This baseball team...

Because of recent seasons' lack of success, and because of the strange drama regarding Tim Jamieson's contract expiration (as in, it's about to expire, and nobody has any idea if it's going to get renewed), we've almost been anticipating a downfall at some point. Mizzou has dropped the first game of each of the last three series, and each time, I (and others) have had a general "Uh oh, here we go..." dread feeling. And in those last three series, Mizzou has proceeded to go 5-1 the rest of the respective weekends. The result: Mizzou is one game out of the SEC East lead and resides in third place in the conference overall.

1. Vanderbilt (11-4)
3. Missouri (10-5)
5. Florida (8-6)
7. Georgia (6-8)
7. South Carolina (6-8)
11. Kentucky (5-8)
14. Tennessee (5-10)

Tanner Houck continues to amaze, and Mizzou has now scored at least five runs in four of its last five games. And people are noticing.

Tennessee 5, Mizzou 2
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 23 Mizzou Drops Series Opener at Tennessee, 5-2

Mizzou 8, Tennessee 3
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 23 Mizzou Evens Series on Rocky Top with 8-3 Win

Mizzou 10, Tennessee 1
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 23 Mizzou Takes Series at Tennessee With 10-1 Win

Mizzou Tigers pennant A big, eventful #Stubble series win

So two noteworthy things happened at University Field this weekend: Mizzou took a key series from Mississippi State, and Ehren Earleywine got himself ejected and suspended for two games for losing his mind after a bad call.

Mizzou 3, Mississippi State 2
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 21 Mizzou Softball Capitalizes On Errors to Down Mississippi State, 3-2
The Missourian: Missouri softball rallies to beat Mississippi State 3-2
The Trib: Pitching combo of Lowary and Finucane lifts MU softball team to win

Mississippi State 8, Mizzou 4
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 21 Mizzou Softball Drops Game Two to Mississippi State, 8-4
The Trib: Earleywine loses his cool, Tigers lose game
The Missourian: Missouri softball loses 8-4 to Mississippi State

Mizzou 10, Mississippi State 2
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 21 Mizzou Softball Routs Mississippi State, 10-2, to Take Series
The Missourian: Minus a head coach, Missouri softball beats Mississippi State 10-2

Sunday's win kept Mizzou ahead of Mississippi State in the middle part of the SEC standings.

1. Auburn (12-3)
2. LSU (11-4)
3. Florida (10-4)
4. Alabama (10-5)
5. Georgia (11-7)
6. Tennessee (8-7)
6. Texas A&M (8-7)
6. Missouri (8-7)
9. Mississippi State (9-9)
10. Kentucky (4-10)
11. Ole Miss (5-13)
12. South Carolina (4-11)
13. Arkansas (1-14)

The sweep over South Carolina to start SEC play remains key, and in theory, with the pitching stabilized a bit and the offense still raking, this team could still threaten for fifth place or so. And obviously fifth in the SEC is nothing to sneeze at. Regardless, a series loss would have meant Mizzou was alone in ninth.

Oh yeah, and the ejection.

The play:

Bad call, but holy smokes, Coach Stubble.

Mizzou Tigers pennant WHATNOT

Track & Field
MUTIGERS.COM: No. 17 Mizzou Track Closes John McDonnell Invite with PR's

The Trib: Former MU wrestler honored by Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Tennis :(
MUTIGERS.COM: Tigers Drop 7-0 Matchup At No. 44 Auburn
MUTIGERS.COM: Hine Records Singles Win At Alabama Over No. 28 Ranked Player