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Mizzou Links: A softball walk-off, a baseball series win, SEC divisions, and the NFL Draft

The softball Tigers will have the No. 7 seed and face 10th-seeded Mississippi State in the first round at 11 a.m. Wednesday

Mizzou Tigers pennant Tremendous Softball

Tigers walk off in extra innings, beat No. 1 Florida - Columbia Daily Tribune | Blake Toppmeyer

Kelsea Roth did it again.

Already responsible for two walk-off hits this year, Roth’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly brought home Sami Fagan for the winning run in the 11th-ranked Missouri softball team’s 3-2 walk-off over No. 1 Florida in front of a crowd of 1,702 on Sunday at University Field.

"She’s like the queen of walk offs," Fagan said. The win allowed Missouri (38-13, 14-10 Southeastern Conference) to avoid a sweep. The Tigers have never been swept in three seasons in the SEC. It also gave MU a jolt of momentum heading into the SEC Tournament, where the Tigers will have the No. 7 seed and face 10th-seeded Mississippi State in the first round at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Two out of three in the most annoying way

Baseball outscores Ole Miss by 18 runs but can't quite get the sweep.

Mizzou 4, Ole Miss 2
MUTIGERS.COM No. 21 Mizzou Snaps Five-Game Losing Streak

Mizzou 18, Ole Miss 1
MUTIGERS.COM No. 21 Mizzou Takes Series With 18-1 Win Over Ole Miss
The Trib: Missouri gets its groove back, hammers Ole Miss

One of the announcers throws shade about 30 seconds into the above video: "They generated more offense than Maty Mauk."

Ole Miss 4, Mizzou 3
MUTIGERS.COM No. 21 Mizzou Drops Close Contest to Ole Miss

Mizzou Tigers pennant Tigers in the NFL

After difficult week leading up to NFL Draft, ‘the sky’s the limit’ for Mizzou’s Shane Ray | KC Star

During the immediate aftermath, Ray briefly considered skipping the trip to Chicago, but decided to stand tall and simply face the music after talking it through with his mom and his agent, Tony Fleming. He also started calling the 22 teams that formally interviewed him at the NFL Combine and a handful of other teams that subsequently expressed interest to explain the situation.

"The best decision was to confront it head on," Ray said. "If I didn’t go to the draft and didn’t face it, with all the assumptions that the media were making and everything they were putting out there, I don’t think I would have been drafted if I didn’t clarify it."

We may know this week if Michael Sam is going to the NFL or CFL this season - Outsports

Now that the NFL Draft is over, Michael Sam's next team should be determined in the next week. If the NFL doesn't come calling, the CFL is likely.

Mizzou Tigers pennant SEC Football

What if the SEC had no divisions? - SEC Blog - ESPN

In fact, the East as a whole would be in trouble. Kentucky and Vanderbilt would sink further into the depths of the conference. Florida’s rebuilding job would appear that much more difficult. Georgia, which has lost each of its last two SEC title game appearances, wouldn’t be quite as dominant. Steve Spurrier and South Carolina wouldn’t be able to pick on Georgia and Florida as routinely as they have over the last five years. The entire perception of Missouri probably would be different.

Since joining the SEC, Missouri has fared much better than expected. But flip Missouri to the West and Texas A&M to the East and how do things change? Do the Tigers win the division in back-to-back years? Not likely, considering their 4-4 record against the West since joining the SEC and their 0-2 record in conference title games. Meanwhile, would the Aggies have made a run at Atlanta? Maybe. Against easier competition, it’s possible.

How teams would fare without divisions - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

SEC Team hurt most by divisions: Alabama (minus-0.6 conference wins)

Team helped most by divisions: Missouri (plus-0.6 conference wins)

On the flip side, Missouri and Georgia are helped most by the current divisional format. Both are projected to win at least 0.5 more games in the current format, when compared to a non-divisional schedule. The Bulldogs’ projected win total would fall from first in the SEC to third by eliminating divisions.