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FAYETTE - Family is a big part of the Central Methodist University softball team. Three generations of the Reardon family are part of the program. Pat, the father, has been the head coach for the last 24 years. Gene, the grandpa, has been an assistant for the last 10 years, and Addy, the daughter, joined the team this season and starts in the outfield as a freshman.

A history of success

Pat and Gene had celebrated five consecutive conference championships entering this season.

“Last year here [at Cox Softball Complex], the final out and kind of everybody out there, and just hugging my dad, you know, sharing that stuff with him has been great,” Pat said.

Gene also recalled several accomplishments he and his son have achieved.

“Seeing him and him being excited, the first time we really got to go to the finals at the World Series, winning the first conference championship, I mean all of that stuff was just nice to see being accomplished together,” Gene said.

“Those will be things that I think if he ever does give it up, or if I ever give it up, we can sit back and enjoy,” Pat said.

Addy, then a senior in high school, had to celebrate the conference championship last season from the stands.

And Addy makes three

“It was really cool watching, at that point in time I had committed, so I was hoping next year I could be out there too,” she said.

“Having won five in a row it was kind of like, my biggest fear was her coming here and not being able to do it in the time she was here,” Pat said.

Addy had a big freshman season and was one of eight players on the team named All-Conference, just one of two freshman on the team to earn that honor. The conference honored Pat as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

The team went on to win its sixth consecutive conference championship this season. This time, all three Reardon’s were on the field celebrating.

'We got a ring'

“And when we did win it I just gave her a big hug, and I said, 'We got a ring,' so all three of us will have one for the rest of our lives,” Pat said.

“And of course I teared up after that because that’s a cool thing for a dad and daughter to have,” Addy said. “I think just playing for my dad is a great opportunity and not a lot of kids get that, so I’m happy that I got that opportunity."

“Having the experience to be able to work with my dad, have him here every day, have my back, and have my daughter on top of that,” Pat said. “I’m glad she made the choice to come here. I think she’s glad she made the choice to come here. And we’ve got three more years, and hopefully we can make the most of them.”


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Young and Medlen put on DL by Royals with arm injuries http://www.komu.com/news/young-and-medlen-put-on-dl-by-royals-with-arm-injuries/ http://www.komu.com/news/young-and-medlen-put-on-dl-by-royals-with-arm-injuries/ Baseball Thu, 12 May 2016 5:31:37 PM The Associated Press Young and Medlen put on DL by Royals with arm injuries

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling pitchers Chris Young and Kris Medlen have been put on the disabled list by the Kansas City Royals.

An MRI Wednesday determined Young has a strained right forearm, and Medlen has right rotator cuff inflammation. Young's stint is retroactive to Tuesday and Medlen's to Wednesday.

Young is 1-5 with a 6.68 ERA in seven starts and Medlen 1-3 with a 7.77 ERA in six.

Kansas City selected the contract of right-hander Peter Moylan from Omaha before Thursday's series finale at the New York Yankees and recalled left-hander Scott Alexander from the Triple-A team.

Moylan is 1-1 with a five saves and a 0.71 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the Storm Chasers, and Alexander is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings.

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TARGET 8: Adopting baseball protection difficult because of stigma http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-adopting-baseball-protection-difficult-because-of-stigma/ http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-adopting-baseball-protection-difficult-because-of-stigma/ Baseball Tue, 10 May 2016 7:01:26 PM Tyler Hastedt, KOMU 8 Reporter TARGET 8: Adopting baseball protection difficult because of stigma

COLUMBIA - Although the probability is low, players being hit by a batted ball is a growing concern at the major league level, particularly for pitchers.

Eight major league pitchers have been hit in the head by a line drive since 2013. Target 8 decided to look at the current protection guidelines for high school baseball players in mid-Missouri.


According to the MSHSAA 2016 Baseball Manual, "Head protectors shall be worn as provided in Baseball Rule 1-5. All protectors will carry the NOCSAE Seal of Approval and warning label." That requires batters to wear helmets, but not fielders.

MSHSAA Communications Director Jason West said Article 5 of the same rule gives all players in the field the option to wear a face mask as long as it has a non-glare surface.

Even though this rule is put in place by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), West said he doesn't see many high school baseball players choosing to wear a face mask.

"We haven't seen a lot of it, if any, in Missouri yet," West said. "That may be coming. It normally starts at the younger levels coming up."

West said he sees more softball players wearing headgear because they start wearing it at a younger age.

"That really started at the youth summer league level and then when those girls went into high school and into college," West said. "Now you see it all the time at the collegiate level. As they moved up, they were more comfortable with it and it was just part of the game at that point. When the rules were changed to allow headgear or make it mandatory in some cases, it was a lot easier for those girls to transition into that."


West said the difference between baseball and softball also results from baseball taking its own path in research.

"Baseball has kind of taken a different direction especially with the use of their restrictions on bats, and they've done a very good job of monitoring and testing the bats and bat speed, the contact of the ball off the bat, and how quickly the ball comes off the bat," West said.

West said the NFHS made a big push a few years ago to make the ratio closer to alleviate the risk of line drives. The NCAA also changed its bats to meet BBCOR standards in 2011.

The current standard used for non-wood bats by the NFHS and the NCAA is the BBCOR standard. According to West, all BBCOR certified bats must have a length to weight ratio no greater than -3.

"If you have a 33 inch bat, then the weight of that bat couldn't be over 30 ounces and that's how it progresses," West said.

The goal of the BBCOR standards is to make metal bats perform more like wood bats and improve player safety.

"You could have a 33 inch bat that weighs 27 ounces," West said. "Now the batter can get that bat through the zone a lot faster without as much drag and make the ball come off the bat faster because he or she can use their own strength. Having to have a heavier bat with the length, that causes the bat to slow down and the ball doesn't come off as fast." 

Another limitation placed on pitchers in the 2016 manual is the number of innings they are allowed to throw. The manual states, "A pitcher may not pitch in more than 10 innings during any consecutive three day period." 

"The other thing we began this year was pitch counts and kind of limiting the use of pitchers' arms because we found sometimes those big hits come when a pitcher has been throwing too much," West said. "He or she might be a little tired and drop a pitch right down where it doesn't need to be. Having fresh arms can help control the ball on the pitching level and alleviate some of those line drives as well."


Dr. Aaron Gray is the doctor for the baseball team at the University of Missouri. He said he feels the tradition of the game prevents players from wearing headgear in the field. 

"Baseball is a game of tradition and history, and so I think naturally players want to continue the traditions that were passed down," Dr. Gray said. "Putting a helmet on a pitcher or a face guard on a pitcher is very revolutionary and a different type of thing than most players and pitchers are used to."

Rock Bridge High School head baseball coach Justin Towe said he has not had any conversations with his coaching staff regarding headgear protection for players in the field.

"I think baseball players kind of figure that's part of the game," Towe said. "Batters have enough pads...you know they might as well be catchers at times when they have elbow pads and ankle pads. Positional players have their gloves and their athletic ability, so in all honesty, it rarely ever comes up."

In an ESPN.com story published back on Feb. 17, 2013, former major league pitcher Joe Martinez opened up about the topic. Martinez was hit by a line drive while pitching for the San Francisco Giants in 2009. 

"They [pitchers] aren't going to want anything that makes them look goofy," Martinez said. "It sounds ridiculous, you think safety would be so much more important than what you look like, but baseball players like looking good."

Towe said this sort of stigma is part of the equation as to why baseball teams are reluctant to wear headgear protection in the field.

"I think that's probably some of it, and some of it is it's baseball," Towe said. "It's hardball. It just kind of comes with the game."

West said he feels there is a similar stigma at the high school level.

"We're still dealing with high school boys that are concerned with their looks," West said. "Baseball pitchers sometimes have a fragile ego because they're the one everybody is looking at, so they have that pressure on top of everything else. Every pitch, you're the one somebody is staring at be it a 500 seat stadium at the high school level to the major league level."

Rock Bridge senior pitcher Avery Jennings also said this sort of stigma exists at the high school level.

"There's a lot of players who just want to look good," Jennings said. "There are some brands out there that say 'Oh, we're going to protect you,' but really it's all about the accessories for a lot of guys."

Rock Bridge senior pitcher Brandon Goins said it's more about the issue of comfortability.

"I think it's more focused on the discomfort some of the protective gear brings or carrying extra weight," Goins said. "Sometimes it feels unnatural to carry it. Most people don't have to face getting hit by a baseball in your private areas or in your heart or anything like that, so most people don't worry about it."

West also touched on Goins' point of view. 

"I think the higher level you get in baseball and the more precision you need, having more equipment on your person, especially on the defensive side, may weigh you down and get you off your game just enough that you're not at the elite level anymore," West said.

Jennings said he sometimes thinks about the risks associated with his position, while Goins said he doesn't really think about it.

"It never really crosses my mind until I get a rocket right back at me," Jennings said. "I have been hit in the shin before. I've almost had my head taken off a couple times already this season. Sometimes I do look back, and I think I really wish I had something protecting me. At the same time, some of the safety precautions you have to take don't really look that great on the field, so I'll admit sometimes I stay away from them just because I want to look better on the field."

"I mainly trust my reactions to either get out of the way or catch the ball, but it's not really a worry of mine," Goins said.

Potential Research and Solutions

Target 8 asked Dr. Gray if he thinks anything can be done to change the stigma concerning players wanting to look good. 

"I worry that it might take someone getting seriously injured or possibly losing their life or having serious harm for that to come," Gray said. "I know there has been some work on getting padded pitching helmets but unfortunately the ones they have now are quite large and look different. I'm hopeful that through future technologies we can come up with equipment that can protect pitchers but maintain the look and feel of tradition."

West said he feels it might take a few injuries for protective gear to be mandated.

"I don't know if it will take a severe injury, but it may take a couple injuries before people really get into 'Ok let's take a look at this again' and get it fresh in their mind," West said.

Gray said any changes geared toward protecting players need to be the result of good data. KOMU 8 News asked Gray these three questions:

1) How would you go about collecting data if you were in charge of the research?

2) How much does seriousness versus probability of injuries factor into your process?

3) What data would you find the most helpful in determining what needs to be done to increase safety for pitchers?

Here are Gray's answers:

1) You first need to figure out how often pitchers get hit by batted balls in the head face and how serious these injuries are.  This will be different for each level of baseball (Little League, high school, college, MLB, etc)  To do this you need to figure out how much exposure a team’s pitchers had to this potential injury (need to know how many games each team played) and then you need to track how many times a pitchers gets hit by a ball in the head/face and how bad the injuries are.  Major league baseball is doing this.

2) In injury prevention we like to base our future decisions on previous measured data. That is why #1 above is so important.  You need to know how often it happens.  Unfortunately, sometimes a certain injury can be very, very rare but when it happens it can be a serious injury.  Sometimes a serious injury can be so unusually rare that it doesn’t make sense to protect every single athlete from that potential injury.  This is a complicated subject.

3) We need to know if preventive measures (rule changes, extra equipment) actually works to prevent the pitcher from being hit in the head/face.  NCAA changed their bats a couple years ago to make the ball not come off as hard and this was based on lab testing of different bats.  Protective face guards or helmets for pitchers need to be tested to make sure they work.  Real players also need to test it to see if it impacts how they play the game because if it impacts there normal performance they won’t wear it.

The NCAA and NFHS have made strides when it comes to monitoring the bats being used. The player is currently in charge of choosing whether to wear protective gear in the field at the high school level, and holding onto tradition brings a fair share of risks.







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Polanco, Jaso homer, lead Cole, Pirates over Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/polanco-jaso-homer-lead-cole-pirates-over-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/polanco-jaso-homer-lead-cole-pirates-over-cardinals/ Baseball Sun, 8 May 2016 4:28:34 PM The Associated Press Polanco, Jaso homer, lead Cole, Pirates over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and John Jaso added a two-run drive, leading Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 Sunday.

Cole (3-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Mark Melancon relieved with the bases loaded in the ninth and got Yadier Molina to ground into a game-ending double play for his ninth save.

Michael Wacha (2-3) lost his third consecutive decision for only the second time in his career, the first coming in 2014. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in six innings.

In his last three starts against the Pirates, Wacha has given up 15 runs and 20 hits in 14 1/3 innings.


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Tomlin stays unbeaten as Indians down Royals 5-4 http://www.komu.com/news/tomlin-stays-unbeaten-as-indians-down-royals-5-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/tomlin-stays-unbeaten-as-indians-down-royals-5-4/ Baseball Sun, 8 May 2016 3:23:21 PM The Associated Press Tomlin stays unbeaten as Indians down Royals 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin stayed unbeaten and again helped Cleveland bounce back after a loss, leading the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Tomlin (5-0) worked into the seventh inning and became the first Indians pitcher to win his first five outings since Justin Masterson in 2011. Tomlin is 12-0 in 13 starts following a loss since the beginning of last season.

Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli homered off Edinson Volquez (3-3) as the Indians took two of three from the defending World Series champions.

Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals, just 3-9 in their last 12.


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Opening day of Challenger Division gives all athletes a chance to play http://www.komu.com/news/opening-day-of-challenger-division-gives-all-athletes-a-chance-to-play/ http://www.komu.com/news/opening-day-of-challenger-division-gives-all-athletes-a-chance-to-play/ Baseball Fri, 6 May 2016 11:20:21 AM Landon Burke, KOMU 8 Anchor Opening day of Challenger Division gives all athletes a chance to play

COLUMBIA — This week, mid-Missouri athletes met for opening day of Daniel Boone Little League's Challenger Division.

On Thursday, adult players gathered at the Columbia Insurance Group's Sports Park for their first game of the new season. The athletes were sorted into two teams - one team wearing Cardinal red, and the other wearing Royal blue.

DBLL President Tony Redlinger told KOMU 8 the Challenger Division is about giving every athlete the chance to play.

"It's designed for players with disabilities," Redlinger said. "Either physical disabilities or mental disabilities, they just come out, and they get to play the game of baseball."

Patrick Myers played second base for the Cardinals on Thursday. He said for him, the Challenger Division gives him the opportunity to play the game he loved for his entire life. 

"I played little league when I was a kid, and I've always been into baseball," Myers said.

During the game, Patrick slugged the ball deep into center field for a home run. As he rounded the bases, he was congratulated by members of his own team, as well as his opponents.

Redlinger said these games allow for athletes, and their loved ones, to have some fun with "America's pastime."

"We get player buddies that come with them," Redlinger said. "So they can help players round the field, help them run bases, help them hit the ball, help them field the ball... it's a pretty good experience for everybody, really!"

The Challenger Division hosts a league for both children and adults. Redlinger said the children's division is designed for athletes ages 4-18, and the adult division for ages 18 and up.

When the adult athletes took the field on Thursday, there was quite a spread in ages among the players.

"For our adult division, we're usually looking at somewhere in the ballpark of 18 to 55 years old," Redlinger said. "I think this year we have a 68-year-old!"

Michael Pitts played first base for the Cardinals team on Thursday. He told KOMU 8 he first started playing in the Challenger Division last year. He said he had so much fun, he came back for another season.

Although playing baseball is fun, the Challenger Division displays a much more meaningful message.

"[People] need to support people with disabilities," Pitts said. "There's people with disabilities that can't take care of themselves, and people have to take care of them."

Pitts said people need to understand there are many different disabilities, and each situation is unique.

"There's some people that live in a wheelchair," Pitts said. "I'm not in a wheelchair, but I'm high functioning. I can take care of myself."

One parent at Thursday's game told KOMU 8 News he moved to Columbia a few years ago. He said mid-Missourians are much more accepting and understanding toward people with autism. He said he has three sons who are autistic, and they are treated much better here than they were in St. Louis.

Redlinger said DBLL is doing its part to hosts athletic programs for players of all abilities.

"If you're four years old, and you want to play tee ball, or you're 68 years old and you want to play in our challenger league, we have something out here for everybody," Redlinger said.

To learn more about the Challenger Division, you can visit DBLL's website.

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Mizzou Baseball drops series finale to Mississippi State, 3-1 http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-drops-series-finale-to-mississippi-state-3-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-drops-series-finale-to-mississippi-state-3-1/ Baseball Sat, 7 May 2016 8:31:15 PM Mark Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Baseball drops series finale to Mississippi State, 3-1

STARKVILLE — The Mizzou Baseball team dropped its series finale by a score of 3-1 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

The Tigers were only able to muster up one run off of eight hits in the game. The only run for Mizzou came off of an error on a fielder's choice by Mississippi State's second baseman John Holland.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 24-25 on the season. The Mississippi State Buldogs improve to 33-14-1 on the season.

The Tigers failed to capitalize on having runners in scoring position as they finished the game with seven runners left on base. This included a missed opportunity with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning during which Mizzou could only get one run across the plate.

Mississippi State's Daniel Brown was credited with the win, moving him to 3-2 on the season. Reid Humphreys earned the save, which was his sixth of the year. Missouri's Michael Plassmeyer was credited with the loss, making him 4-5 on the season.

The Tigers will look to rebound after being swept, when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs in another three-game weekend series as they approach the end of the season.

The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Taylor Stadium.


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Carpenter homers to lift Cardinals to 6-4 win over Pirates http://www.komu.com/news/carpenter-homers-to-lift-cardinals-to-6-4-win-over-pirates/ http://www.komu.com/news/carpenter-homers-to-lift-cardinals-to-6-4-win-over-pirates/ Baseball Sat, 7 May 2016 7:41:18 PM The Associated Press Carpenter homers to lift Cardinals to 6-4 win over Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Aledmys Diaz sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single. After Jeremy Hazelbaker flied to deep left, Carpenter drove a 1-2 pitch from A.J. Schugel (0-1) over the wall in right for his fourth homer.

It was the Cardinals' first win over the Pirates in five games this season.

Pittsburgh had tied the game on Starling Marte's double off Trevor Rosenthal (1-1) with two out in the top of the ninth.


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Kennedy, Morales lead Royals to 7-0 win over Indians http://www.komu.com/news/kennedy-morales-lead-royals-to-7-0-win-over-indians/ http://www.komu.com/news/kennedy-morales-lead-royals-to-7-0-win-over-indians/ Baseball Sat, 7 May 2016 7:34:01 PM The Associated Press Kennedy, Morales lead Royals to 7-0 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ian Kennedy pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, Kendrys Morales homered and drove in four runs, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

Kennedy (4-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and retired 14 in a row at one point. He struck out six while helping end Cleveland's four-game winning streak.

Morales hit a three-run homer in the first, providing an early boost for Kansas City's struggling offense. He added an RBI single in the eighth.

Kansas City's win came at an opportune time. The Royals had lost eight of 10 and announced before the game that third baseman Mike Moustakas was put on the 15-day disabed list with a fractured left thumb.

Cody Anderson (0-2), called up from the minors before the game, allowed four runs in five innings.


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Garcia goes 7, Moss hits long HR as Cardinals beat Phillies http://www.komu.com/news/garcia-goes-7-moss-hits-long-hr-as-cardinals-beat-phillies/ http://www.komu.com/news/garcia-goes-7-moss-hits-long-hr-as-cardinals-beat-phillies/ Baseball Thu, 5 May 2016 4:03:08 PM The Associated Press Garcia goes 7, Moss hits long HR as Cardinals beat Phillies

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched seven sharp innings, Brandon Moss hit a long home run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Thursday.

Stephen Piscotty drove in two runs and also made an outstanding catch in right field to help preserve the shutout.

St. Louis won three of four in the series.

Garcia (2-2) gave up two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Moss launched a drive estimated at 462 feet to right field in the first off Jerad Eickhoff (1-4). It was the longest homer by a left-handed hitter in the history of the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.


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Nationals rout Royals 13-2 to take interleague series http://www.komu.com/news/nationals-rout-royals-13-2-to-take-interleague-series/ http://www.komu.com/news/nationals-rout-royals-13-2-to-take-interleague-series/ Baseball Wed, 4 May 2016 4:20:39 PM The Associated Press Nationals rout Royals 13-2 to take interleague series

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Daniel Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle, slumping slugger Bryce Harper also went deep and the Washington Nationals routed the floundering Kansas City Royals 13-2 on Wednesday.

Murphy and Clint Robinson drove in three runs apiece, and just about everyone else in a gray jersey did something at the plate to help the Nationals post one of their best offensive performances in years.

Stephen Strasburg merely had to show up to push his career-best start to 5-0. The big righty wound up allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in six tidy innings.

Kris Medlen (1-3) allowed nine runs, six of them earned, and six hits in two-plus innings for Kansas City. His home ERA rose to 20.65 in two starts at Kauffman Stadium this season.


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CMU sweeps baseball, softball players of the week awards ahead of postseason play http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-sweeps-baseball-softball-players-of-the-week-awards-ahead-of-postseason-play/ http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-sweeps-baseball-softball-players-of-the-week-awards-ahead-of-postseason-play/ Baseball Mon, 2 May 2016 5:33:20 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer CMU sweeps baseball, softball players of the week awards ahead of postseason play

FAYETTE - Central Methodist's Brad Cuyos and Lauren Geringer each earned the Heart of America Athletic Conference baseball and softball player of the week awards, respectively, the league announced Monday.

Cuyos had big performances against Harris-Stowe in a non-conference affair and Culver-Stockton in a tough four-game series. The senior catcher went 6-for-18 at the plate with four home runs, nine RBIs and four runs scored on the week. He hit safely in four of the five games and improved his batting average to .330 and his home run and RBI totals to 16 and 52.

"Brad had some big moments for us with his arm and his bat this season," CMU head coach Nate Breland said. "None are bigger than the walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth to win the Eastern Division of The Heart."

Likewise, Geringer helped her team to a 5-1 record last week. She went 8-for-16 at the dish with 11 runs, two doubles, six home runs and 16 RBIs. The O'Fallon native is batting .355 on the year with 20 homers, which stands at second in the NAIA. She currently ranks third all-time on NAIA's home run list.

"Lauren had a great power week," CMU softball coach Pat Reardon said. "She set the school record for single season home runs and climbed up in the NAIA ranks. She really picked us up at Missouri Vallery to help us clinch the conference title. Lauren has had a great year and this was a great week for her and the program."

Both Eagles teams return to the diamond later this week as the men open up postseason play in Joplin, Missouri as the No. 2 seed, while the women clinched the top seed in the postseason conference tournament and will face off against Missouri Valley College on May 5, at 2 p.m.

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Royals snap losing streak with 4-1 win against Mariners http://www.komu.com/news/royals-snap-losing-streak-with-4-1-win-against-mariners/ http://www.komu.com/news/royals-snap-losing-streak-with-4-1-win-against-mariners/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 6:46:36 PM The Associated Press Royals snap losing streak with 4-1 win against Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Eric Hosmer homered, Ian Kennedy took a shutout into the sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals ended a long scoreless streak and a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Lorenzo Cain had an RBI single and scored a run, Alex Escobar had three hits and also scored for the Royals, who had been shut out in the first two games of this series.

Kennedy gave up four hits and struck out six in five-plus innings. He loading the bases in the sixth on two singles and a walk. Danny Duffy got two quick outs before Chris Iannetta hit a run-scoring single. However, Jarrod Dyson easily threw out Robinson Cano at home trying to score a second run.

Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Taijuan Walker (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings for Seattle.


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Scherzer, homers help Nationals sweep Cardinals, 6-1 http://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-homers-help-nationals-sweep-cardinals-6-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/scherzer-homers-help-nationals-sweep-cardinals-6-1/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 4:45:00 PM The Associated Press Scherzer, homers help Nationals sweep Cardinals, 6-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings to beat his hometown team for the first time, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa hit back-to-back home runs, providing the power for Washington on a day when NL MVP Bryce Harper struck out all four times up.

Scherzer (3-1), who grew up in suburban St. Louis, struck out nine and scattered four singles. He didn't allow a runner past first base, earning his first win in five career starts against the Cardinals.

By finishing the weekend sweep, the Nationals emphatically ended years of frustration at Busch Stadium. It was their first series win in St. Louis since May 2007. Washington improved to 17-7 overall, the best start in club history through 24 games.


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Nelson, Howard and Lavy drive in six runs, lead Tigers 8-3 over Vols http://www.komu.com/news/nelson-howard-and-lavy-drive-in-six-runs-lead-tigers-8-3-over-vols/ http://www.komu.com/news/nelson-howard-and-lavy-drive-in-six-runs-lead-tigers-8-3-over-vols/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 3:57:26 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Nelson, Howard and Lavy drive in six runs, lead Tigers 8-3 over Vols

COLUMBIA – Mizzou baseball [24-21, 7-14 SEC] defeated the Tennessee Volunteers at Taylor Stadium on Sunday 8-3 completing Mizzou’s first SEC sweep of 2016 and capping off the month of April with a four game win streak.

Freshman 3B Ian Nelson, junior SS Ryan Howard and senior 1B Zach Lavy combined for six of the Tigers eight runs, each with two RBIs. Lavy, leading the SEC in extra base hits with 30, drove in his two runs on a homerun shot over the right field wall in the fifth inning bringing his RBI total to 46.

Freshman LHP Michael Plassmeyer was awarded his fourth win of the season after going 5.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits fanning four Vols.

Missouri’s bullpen had a strong outing between RS sophomore RHP Cole Bartlett and senior LHP Austin Tribby. Between Bartlett and Tribby no runs were allowed on two hits, a walk, and four strikeouts.

On the flip side for Tennessee, freshman RHP Will Neely picked up his first collegiate loss giving up six runs, all six earned, on six hits, two walks, two hit batters and three strikeouts.

The last time Missouri had a 3-game sweep was more than a year ago on March 14th, 2015 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Tigers are set to travel to Sauget, Ill. to take on the Illinois Illini at GCS Ballpark in non-conference action on Tuesday, May 3. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.

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Carlos Martinez rejoined Cardinals, started Sunday against the Nationals http://www.komu.com/news/carlos-martinez-rejoined-cardinals-started-sunday-against-the-nationals/ http://www.komu.com/news/carlos-martinez-rejoined-cardinals-started-sunday-against-the-nationals/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 3:01:03 PM The Associated Press Carlos Martinez rejoined Cardinals, started Sunday against the Nationals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez started Sunday against the Washington Nationals after leaving the team briefly to address a personal matter.

The 24-year-old Martinez is the object of a civil lawsuit filed against him by a woman in West Palm Beach, Fla., near the team's spring training site in Jupiter.

General manager John Mozeliak said Saturday he was aware of the case.

Martinez is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He was to oppose Washington ace Max Scherzer.

The lawsuit filed in Miami seeks more than $1.5 million and accuses the pitcher of a negligent transmission of a sexual transmitted disease, It seeks actual and special damages along with mental anguish and exemplary damages. It also seeks punitive damages because of outrageous actions.


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Cardinals 3B coach Oquendo to have knee surgery, miss season http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-3b-coach-oquendo-to-have-knee-surgery-miss-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-3b-coach-oquendo-to-have-knee-surgery-miss-season/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 2:57:03 PM The Associated Press Cardinals 3B coach Oquendo to have knee surgery, miss season

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo will undergo right knee replacement surgery next month and won't return to the team this season.

The 52-year-old Oquendo was in town Saturday to have the knee examined. He said the recovery time for the surgery is about six months.

Oquendo has been the third base coach for 16 seasons. He was placed on medical leave just before the season opener because of problems with the knee.

Oquendo is selling his house in St. Louis and moving to Florida, near where the team trains in Jupiter.

Chris Maloney is now coaching third base, with Bill Mueller moving to first, Maloney's old spot.

Oquendo had a 17-year career in the majors that included 10 seasons with St. Louis.


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Werth's bat, Ross' arm lead Nationals past Cardinals http://www.komu.com/news/werth-s-bat-ross-arm-lead-nationals-past-cardinals/ http://www.komu.com/news/werth-s-bat-ross-arm-lead-nationals-past-cardinals/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 2:50:20 PM The Associated Press Werth's bat, Ross' arm lead Nationals past Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jayson Werth's three-run home run capped a four-run first inning and Joe Ross had another stingy outing for the Washington Nationals in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Ross (3-0) allowed one run on six hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 0.79. He has given up only two runs in 22 2/3 innings.

Werth added an RBI single in the eighth, his fifth in the first two games of a weekend series and 10th of the year. Washington goes for a sweep Sunday after raising its record to 8-24 at 11-year-old Busch Stadium.

Opponents had been 2 for 13 with no runs in the first against Jaime Garcia (1-2) before the Nationals jumped on the lefty for four runs on three hits. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single before Werth hit his fourth over the left-field wall.

Garcia struck out six and walked three in 6 1/3 innings.

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Miley, Seager lead Mariners past Royals 6-0 http://www.komu.com/news/miley-seager-lead-mariners-past-royals-6-0/ http://www.komu.com/news/miley-seager-lead-mariners-past-royals-6-0/ Baseball Sun, 1 May 2016 2:36:12 PM The Associated Press Miley, Seager lead Mariners past Royals 6-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip.

Miley (2-2) struck out four and walked none for his second complete game in 139 starts. His only other complete game was last September with Boston in a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia, when he allowed two runs and five hits.

Seth Smith, whose homer accounted for the Mariners' only hit in a 1-0 victory Friday night, homered in the first inning, a one-out solo shot, his fourth.

The Mariners capitalized on two walks in the first off Ventura (2-1), who allowed five runs, three hits with six walks in four-plus innings.


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Cardinals bash past Diamondbacks 11-4 http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-bash-past-diamondbacks-11-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-bash-past-diamondbacks-11-4/ Baseball Thu, 28 Apr 2016 5:36:44 PM The Associated Press Cardinals bash past Diamondbacks 11-4

PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched into the sixth inning for his first win and hit a three-run triple in St. Louis' fifth straight offensive outburst, lifting the Cardinals to an 11-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

St. Louis scored 18 combined runs in two games to close out a sweep over San Diego and had 15 in splitting the first two against Arizona.

The Cardinals kept bashing, knocking around Patrick Corbin (1-3) and finishing with 14 hits, four by Stephen Piscotty.

Aledmys Diaz homered, scored three runs and had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who have won four of five. Piscotty, Matt Carpenter and Matt Holiday also drove in two runs each.

Wainwright (1-3) gave up homers to Brandon Drury and Paul Goldschmidt but ended his worst start since 2012 behind the Cardinals' big run support.


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