The first game of the Mizzou-UCLA super regional starts at 7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday.
And now we wait
On the diamond(s)
Mizzou Softball: Back to the Super Regionals
Mizzou had to overcome some injury adversity and a former rival, but the Tigers came through the Columbia Regional cleanly and now set their eyes towards bigger and better prizes.
On the diamond(s)
Playing the second-toughest schedule according to D1baseball.com, Missouri (30-28) went 15-15 and finished in seventh place in the top-rated conference in the nation. The Tigers have five wins against top-10-ranked opponents and won six of their 10 SEC series.
But Missouri went 4-7 in midweek games and its RPI ranking never recovered from a three-game sweep at the hands of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the home-opening weekend. The Tigers also lost 12 of their final 15 regular-season games. Seven of those losses were road games at LSU, Vanderbilt and Missouri State, three of the top eight teams in the Baseball America poll.
"I think it’s a regional team. I think it’s a team that would do well in a regional," Jamieson said. "I think we’ve proven that every weekend in the Southeastern Conference," Jamieson said. "We’ve done a lot of really good things.
"Our résumé, on the positive side, is worthy."
We're a few weeks away from preview magazine season, when talk of the autumn to come starts to filter back into summer conversations, and there's Team Pinkel, the reigning two-time Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champion, not going freaking anywhere.
"Absolutely, we take that as a compliment, I think," new Tigers athletic director Mack Rhoades says. "I think that certainly was part of the brand identity once they entered into the league. And Coach (Gary) Pinkel and his staff, the fact they've made two conference title games, certainly that leads us to being branded as an 'SEC football school.' That's certainly extremely positive for us today and will continue to be in the future."
That said ...
"I mean, I think of it as a 'football school,' but I also think of it as a school about all of our other sports programs as well," Rhoades continues.
Missouri announced the hire of Wren Baker on Wednesday to become the deputy athletic director. Baker comes from Memphis as the Tigers' deputy director of athletics/external affairs, and he also was the athletic director at Northwest Missouri State between 2011-2013.
"He's got great experience, in terms of -- you know, he's been an AD, even though it was at the Division II level, you still sat in that chair and had to make tough decisions and had to lead a lot of people," Rhoades said. "So I think he brings great leadership, great passion for our student athletes.
"Certainly has a tremendous background with the external side of athletics, the ticket sales, the fundraising, the communications, the licensing and merchandise, all of those different areas. That will be his focus really immediately, to really look at our external operations."
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