KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Battlehawks suffer first loss in franchise history https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-suffer-first-loss-in-franchise-history/ https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-suffer-first-loss-in-franchise-history/ Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 8:05:04 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Battlehawks suffer first loss in franchise history

HOUSTON - After a week-long run of dominance, the St. Louis Battlehawks' all-time franchise win percentage dropped 50 points on Sunday evening with the worst loss in franchise history, a 28-24 defeat in Houston at the hands of the now 2-0 Roughnecks.

Of course, it was also St. Louis's first loss in franchise history. In the second game of the team's existence, costly turnovers plagued the Battlehawks. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, a former Ole Miss standout, completed 30 of 37 passes for 284 yards - a solid 7.7 YPA - but threw two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter that all but sealed the game.

The Battlehawks ran a deep passing play on 2nd and 14, and Ta'amu threw it down the right sideline to a receiver who was never open. Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson picked it off and ran it back to the St. Louis's six yard line.

Three plays later, Roughnecks quarterback PJ Walker found receiver Cam Phillips in the end zone on a designed roll-out. The score was Phillips' third of the game and the subsequent extra point gave Houston a 28-18 lead, from which St. Louis would not recover.

The game did not end before a Missouri Tiger made his mark on the scoresheet, however. Former Mizzou receiver L'Damian Washington took a quick screen pass 36 yards for a touchdown with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too little, too late. Walker and the Roughnecks got the ball back and were able to run out the clock.

Football will return to St. Louis for the first time since 2015, after which the Rams left for Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 23. The Battlehawks will host the New York Guardians at 2:00 p.m. at The Dome at America's Center.


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Blues allow late goal, lose to Predators again https://www.komu.com/news/blues-allow-late-goal-lose-to-predators-again/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-allow-late-goal-lose-to-predators-again/ Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 8:01:19 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Blues allow late goal, lose to Predators again

NASHVILLE - After gathering a loose puck along the left boards of his offensive zone, Predators center Kyle Turris worked his way into a crowded slot and snapped a shot past the glove of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, giving Nashville a 2-1 lead with 2:12 to go in the third.

That goal proved to be the difference in the game on Sunday evening in Nashville, capping off a back-to-back sweep for the Predators over the Blues. St. Louis is now tied for first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference after the Dallas Stars earned a critical point in Ottowa, falling to the Senators in overtime.

Turris sniped the game-winning goal past Binnington, but the Predators owe this close victory to the impeccable third-period play of goaltender Pekka Rinne. The Blues came at Rinne with a flurry of scoring opportunities at the front of the net, many involving second and third rebound chances, but the 14-year veteran stopped them all.

Throughout the night, Rinne withstood a 39-shot barrage from the Blues, a total that dwarfed the 24 that Binnington faced. Their only tally was a Tyler Bozak pass to the front of the net that deflected off a Nashville defender and in.

With two wins in two nights over St. Louis, the Predators positioned themselves incredibly well for a playoff push. Nashville remains a single point behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card spot in the West, but they have three games in hand.

The Blues are back in action on Tuesday, when they return home to face the last place New Jersey Devils.


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Mizzou women's basketball falls to Florida https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-women-s-basketball-falls-to-florida/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-women-s-basketball-falls-to-florida/ Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:52:17 PM Robbie Liapis, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou women's basketball falls to Florida

COLUMBIA - After keeping the game somewhat close, Mizzou dug too deep of a hole in the third, and were unable to comeback in a 75-67 loss to Florida.

The Tigers went into the second quarter down only four points, and into halftime down seven. They came out of the half looking to get hot, but they slowly fell further behind.

After a disappointing third quarter, Mizzou fell behind 16 points going into the fourth, before they started to get it rolling.

The Tigers scored 29 points in the final quarter, but the Gators' commanding lead was too much to overcome.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 3-9 in conference play.

Mizzou will head back on the road as they will travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on Thursday at 7 P.M.


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Mizzou baseball lose series finale to Jacksonville State https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-lose-series-finale-to-jacksonville-state/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-lose-series-finale-to-jacksonville-state/ Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:01:25 PM Robbie Liapis, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou baseball lose series finale to Jacksonville State

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Mizzou baseball was unable to complete the sweep in an 9-8 loss to Jacksonville State on Sunday.

The Tigers took a early one-run lead to start the game, but the Gamecocks responded instantly with five runs of their own.

Mizzou woke up in the top of the second as both Mark Vierling and Tre Morris put up two-run singles to tie it up at five.

Jacksonville State held the Tigers to one run in the next four innings and took a 9-6 lead.

Mizzou started to rally, as they brought it to within one going into the ninth. The Tigers put the tying run on third, but they were unable to bring him in as they lost 9-8.

The Tigers will travel to Corpus Christi to play Kansas State as they begin the Kleberg Bank College Classic on Friday at 2 P.M.


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Mizzou softball drop two straight https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-drop-two-straight/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-drop-two-straight/ Sports Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:01:22 PM Robbie Liapis, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou softball drop two straight

CLEARWATER - After a 9-0 start to the season, No. 19 Mizzou softball lost two straight to No. 20 James Madison and No. 14 Minnesota.

The Tigers had a lead in extra innings versus the Dukes, but they gave up three to drop their first game of the season 8-7.

Mizzou then looked to defeat the Gophers for the second time this season, but they were run-ruled in a 10-1 loss.

The Tigers will hope to revive their hot streak against Arizona as they begin the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday at 7:30 P.M.


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Mizzou pulls off the upset over high ranking Auburn https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-pulls-off-the-upset-over-high-ranking-auburn/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-pulls-off-the-upset-over-high-ranking-auburn/ Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 8:40:41 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou pulls off the upset over high ranking Auburn

COLUMBIA — Craziness in Columbia saw Tiger tails thrown from the stands, an Auburn player ejected, and a technical foul on a coach. When the dust settled it was Missouri pulling off the 85-73 upset against the 11th ranked team in the nation, the Auburn Tigers.

Xavier Pinson and Dru Smith scored 28 points each, leading the way for Missouri. Kobe Brown also has a solid outing with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers' shooting performance was a huge difference maker. Missouri out-shot Auburn from the field and the free throw line. Missouri shot a stellar 54 percent from deep compared to just six percent from Auburn, a team that is typically consistent from the three-point line.

One strong point for Auburn was the play of Austin Wiley, who scored 22 points and picked up 10 rebounds.

Tensions hit a high point in Mizzou Arena when Auburn's Devan Cambridge stepped on Javon Pickett's leg and was ejected.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, a typically animated figure on the sidelines, also got himself in trouble in Saturday's game. Pearl picked up a technical foul with just under eight minutes to go in the second half.

The victory is Missouri's second win in three games and will likely shake up the AP top 25 rankings after the team toppled the 11th ranked team in the country.

Missouri will hope to keep the momentum from this victory going when they take on Ole Miss Tuesday night.


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Mizzou baseball outlasts Jacksonville State in extra innings https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-outlasts-jacksonville-state-in-extra-innings/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-outlasts-jacksonville-state-in-extra-innings/ Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 6:44:14 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou baseball outlasts Jacksonville State in extra innings

JACKSONVILLE, AL - The University of Missouri Tigers baseball team defeated the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks in extra innings on Saturday, 6-4.

Mizzou got off to a hot start, bringing in two runs in the first inning. Mark Vierling and Chad McDaniel both scored for the Tigers.

Jacksonville State brought three runs home in the fourth inning. Cole Frederick, Alex Webb and Isaac Alexander gave the Gamecocks the lead going into the fifth.

Alexander recorded another RBI after bringing Frederick home in the sixth inning to give the Gamecocks a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning.

Brandt Belk hit an RBI single to bring McDaniel in for his second run of the day for the Tigers. Josh Holt Jr. recorded an RBI single to bring in Peter Zimmerman for the score to tie the game.

In the 12th inning, Belk hit a fielder's choice and brought in Vierling to take the lead for the Tigers, 5-4. Jackson Lancaster scored on a wild pitch to extend Mizzou's lead to 6-4.

Mizzou will face Jacksonville State one last time in the series on Sunday.


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Blues fall victim to Predators https://www.komu.com/news/blues-fall-victim-to-predators/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-fall-victim-to-predators/ Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 5:20:36 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Blues fall victim to Predators

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Blues fell to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, 4-3.

It was a bleak start for the Blues as they let up two goals in the first period. Viktor Arvidsson had the first goal of the day for the Predators after six and a half minutes. A few minutes later, Matt Duchene scored once again for Nashville.

Zach Sanford, coming off a 4 goal performance against Vegas, had the first goal for St. Louis in the second period. Kyle Turris of the Predators answered with a goal of his own less than thirty seconds later. Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou scored for the Blues a few minutes later to tie the game 3-3.

The lone goal in the third period came from Mikael Granlund of the Predators, to seal the game at 4-3.

The St. Louis Blues take on the Predators again on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT, this time in Nashville.


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Columbia College Men defeat Lindenwood-Belleville https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-defeat-lindenwood-belleville/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-defeat-lindenwood-belleville/ Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 4:57:57 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College Men defeat Lindenwood-Belleville

BELLEVILLE, IL - The Columbia College Cougars Men's team defeated the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx on Saturday, 77-66.

Columbia College took a ten point lead in the first half behind a strong offensive performance. The Cougars led 37-27 at halftime.

It was a much closer second half as the Cougars only outscored the Lynx by one  point. The deficit was too much for Lindenwood-Belleville to overcome as the Lynx fell to 5-20 on the season.

Adam Mennemeyer was the leading scorer for Columbia College with 19 points. Along with contributions from Braden Wendel and Thibault Benabid, the Cougars were able to have one of their most efficient games of the season. Christian McCoy had 15 points for the Lynx but it wasn't enough.

The Cougars will face St. Louis College of Pharmacy at home on Thursday.


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No. 15 Cougars defeat Lynx, improve to 21-5 https://www.komu.com/news/no-15-cougars-defeat-lynx-improve-to-21-5/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-15-cougars-defeat-lynx-improve-to-21-5/ Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 3:09:55 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 15 Cougars defeat Lynx, improve to 21-5

BELLEVILLE, IL - The No. 15 Columbia College Cougars defeated the Lindenwood-Belleville University Lynx on Saturday, 60-57. The Cougars improve to 21-5 on the season.

It was a very close defensive battle throughout as neither team scored more than 20 points in a single quarter. This is the lowest amount of points Columbia College has put up in a win.

The Cougars were led by Geena Stephens who had a team high 16 points. Mai Nienhueser finished with 12 points in Columbia's win. Brianna Miller had a game high 19 points for the Lynx. No other player scored more than 10 points for Lindenwood-Belleville.

Columbia College looks towards Saturday when they play city rival Stephens College.


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Mizzou softball completes comeback, remains undefeated https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-completes-comeback-remains-undefeated/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-completes-comeback-remains-undefeated/ Sports Sat, 15 Feb 2020 2:43:32 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou softball completes comeback, remains undefeated

CLEARWATER, FL - The No. 18 ranked University of Missouri softball team defeated Virginia Tech in a 6-5 comeback on Saturday. The Tigers extend their undefeated streak to nine games.

Mizzou was down 5-0 at the bottom of the fifth inning when they stepped up to bat. The Tigers scored five runs, including back to back home runs by Cayla Kessinger and Megan Moll, and tied the game in the fifth. Brooke Wilmes had the game winning RBI in the sixth inning for the Tigers.

Mizzou looks to extend the win streak to ten games when they play No. 20 James Madison University later on Saturday.


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Mizzou Softball sweeps Liberty and Oklahoma State in double header https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-sweeps-liberty-and-oklahoma-state-in-double-header/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-sweeps-liberty-and-oklahoma-state-in-double-header/ Sports Fri, 14 Feb 2020 9:22:29 PM Kathleen Gomez, KOMU8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Softball sweeps Liberty and Oklahoma State in double header

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mizzou Softball was victorious in back to back games against Liberty University and Oklahoma State on Friday afternoon, beating LU 5-4 and OSU 3-2. 

Sophomore Jazmyn Rollin led the offense during the 1:30 P.M game facing Liberty, going 2-3 at bat. Mizzou went up by two unanswered runs in the 6th inning and fought through the 7th with Liberty scoring three and Mizzou firing back with two more.

The Tigers faced Oklahoma State at 4:30 P.M., they were down by two until the 7th inning but scored a game-winning run in the 8th. Juniors Hatti Moore and Kimberly Wert were Mizzou's offensive leaders in the game, going 2-2 and 1-4 at bat. 

The victories make the Tigers 8-0, defeating top ranked teams Minnesota and Oklahoma State.

The Mizzou Softball team will continue their run in Clearwater on Saturday, Februray 15 when they meet Virginia Tech at Noon. 


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Mizzou Baseball beats Jacksonville State 10-4 in 2020 opener https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-beats-jacksonville-state-10-4-in-2020-opener/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-beats-jacksonville-state-10-4-in-2020-opener/ Sports Fri, 14 Feb 2020 8:14:57 PM Kathleen Gomez, KOMU8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Baseball beats Jacksonville State 10-4 in 2020 opener

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - Mizzou Baseball(1-0) was victorious Friday afternoon when they opened their 2020 season with a 10-4 victory over Jacksonville State at Rudy Abbott Field.

Five tigers recorded an RBI in balanced offensive attack, led by junior Chad McDaniel and freshman Seth Halvorsen with multi-hit and multi-RBI efforts at the plate.

Mizzou produced double-digit runs for the first time since May 5, 2019, at Tennessee and their most runs on opening day since February 2011.

Game two of Mizzou and Jacksonville State's three-game series is scheduled for 3 P.M. Saturday afternoon.


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Missouri hosts red-hot Auburn in the Mizzou Arena tomorrow https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hosts-red-hot-auburn-in-the-mizzou-arena-tomorrow/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-hosts-red-hot-auburn-in-the-mizzou-arena-tomorrow/ Sports Fri, 14 Feb 2020 6:34:49 PM Alexander Landowski, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri hosts red-hot Auburn in the Mizzou Arena tomorrow

COLUMBIA - After a tough loss against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge on Tuesday night, Mizzou will host another top-25 team in the Auburn Tigers. 

Missouri hasn't been matched up against anyone as good as Auburn this season. Auburn comes into this one ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 11 in the nation. Bruce Pearl and his players are having a stellar season, winning 22 of their 24 games as they head into Columbia.

Auburn has a vastly better record than Mizzou, so the blue and orange Tigers are favored coming into this meeting.

The team stressed that fans will need to pack Mizzou Arena on Saturday to give the home team the best possible advantage. The first 2,000 students will receive a Truman the Tiger hat.

The game is at 5 P.M. on ESPN2.


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Bouwmeester reportedly doing well after surgery https://www.komu.com/news/bouwmeester-reportedly-doing-well-after-surgery/ https://www.komu.com/news/bouwmeester-reportedly-doing-well-after-surgery/ Sports Fri, 14 Feb 2020 5:07:10 PM Alexander Landowski, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Bouwmeester reportedly doing well after surgery

ST. LOUIS - Following a scare on the bench on Tuesday night, the St. Louis Blues reported that Jay Bouwmeester is doing well following surgery on Friday. 

Bouwmeester collapsed on St. Louis's bench in the first period during a match against the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues' defenseman suffered a cardiac episode, which postponed the game.

Friday morning, Bouwmeester underwent a successful Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedure in Anaheim. He will be flown back to St. Louis when the UC Irvine Cardiology Department approves of his release.

The Blues will provide an update on Bouwmeester's health early next week.


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Sanford records first career hat trick, Blues fall to Golden Knights https://www.komu.com/news/sanford-records-first-career-hat-trick-blues-fall-to-golden-knights/ https://www.komu.com/news/sanford-records-first-career-hat-trick-blues-fall-to-golden-knights/ Sports Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:48:36 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Sanford records first career hat trick, Blues fall to Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS, NV - The St. Louis Blues fell to the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime on Thursday, 6-5. The game got off to a fast start with two goals in the first two minutes.

The Blues win was highlighted by Zach Sanford recording his first career hat trick through two periods. His first goal came 25 seconds into the game off of assists by Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O'Reilly. The second goal tied the game at 2-2 with assists from Robert Bortuzzo and David Perron. Sanford's third goal came five minutes into the second period off of assists by Pietrangelo and O'Reilly. He scored his fourth and final goal in the third period off of assists by Dunn and Colton Parayko.

Mackenzie MacEachern scored for St. Louis in the first period off of assists by Ivan Barbashev and Vince Dunn. Vegas' two first period goals came from Max Pacioretty. The third came in the second period from Jonathan Marchessault. Nate Schmidt scored the tying goal for the Golden Knights in the third period. Alex Tuch scored the fifth goal for the Knights. Jonathan Marchessault scored the game winning goal for Vegas in overtime.

The Blues will face the Nashville Predators at home on Saturday.


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Columbia College Men blow out the Spartans https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-blow-out-the-spartans/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-blow-out-the-spartans/ Sports Thu, 13 Feb 2020 9:29:32 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College Men blow out the Spartans

COLUMBIA, MO - The Columbia College Cougars Men's team defeated the Missouri Baptist University Spartans on Thursday, 88-57.

The Cougars got off to a good start against the Spartans putting up 40 points in a close first half. Columbia College led 40-32 at half.

Missouri Baptist looked helpless on defense in the second half as Columbia College went on a tear. Everything went in for the Cougars and the Spartans just couldn't keep up.

Five Cougars scored double digit points in the blowout. Adam Mennemeyer led Columbia College in scoring with 17 points. Thibault Benabid and Jack Fritsche both finished with 16 points for the Cougars. Jahmouri Robinson was the leading scorer for the Spartans with 14 points. Aumonie Armond had 13 points for Missouri Baptist. The next leading scorer for the Spartans had 7 points.

Columbia College will travel to Belleville to take on the Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx on Saturday, February 15 at 3 p.m. CT.


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No. 15 ranked Columbia College defeats MBU https://www.komu.com/news/no-15-ranked-columbia-college-defeats-mbu/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-15-ranked-columbia-college-defeats-mbu/ Sports Thu, 13 Feb 2020 7:38:59 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 15 ranked Columbia College defeats MBU

COLUMBIA, MO - The 15th ranked Columbia College Cougars women's team defeated the Missouri Baptist University Spartans on Thursday, February 13th, 69-64. The Cougars improve to 20-5 on the season.

The Cougars were able to rally after Saturday's loss to the Freed-Hardeman Eagles and get a hard fought win against the Spartans. Columbia College controlled the lead through the first two quarters, leading Missouri Baptist 36-33 at halftime.

The Spartans launched a second half comeback bringing the game to within one point at the end of the third quarter. The Cougars were able to escape with the win despite a very strong offensive performance from the Spartans.

Alexis Allstun led the Spartans with 19 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Taylor Norris and Tionne Taylor combined for 31 points for Missouri Baptist. Raegan Wieser once again led Columbia College to victory, putting up 17 points and 8 rebounds. Geena Stephens helped carry the load for the Cougars with 15 points and 6 rebounds of her own.

The Cougars look to finish the season strong in this last five game stretch before the AMC Tournament when they face the Lindenwood-Belleville University Lynx on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. CT.


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Missouri Tiger Ian Bedell added to 2020 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tiger-ian-bedell-added-to-2020-golden-spikes-award-preseason-watch-list/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tiger-ian-bedell-added-to-2020-golden-spikes-award-preseason-watch-list/ Sports Thu, 13 Feb 2020 5:50:57 PM Ethan Becker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Tiger Ian Bedell added to 2020 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

COLUMBIA - Junior RHP Ian Bedell from the Missouri Tigers was named to the 2020 Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list on Thursday.

The Golden Spikes Award is given to the best collegiate baseball player at the end of the season, and he is in the running with 54 other players from around the country.

Missouri players have been on the Golden Spikes award preseason watch list in the past, including OF Kameron Misner (2019), RHP Tanner Houck (2016 and '17), SS Ryan Howard (2016), RHP Kyle Gibson (2009) and RHP Aaron Crow (2008).

Bedell was also named a 2020 Preseason Third-Team All-American by D1Baseball and by Perfect Game/Rawlings earlier this year.

Bedell is given the accolade from his dominant performance last season in both the SEC and Cape Cod League with a combined 7-1 record with a 1.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 71 pitched innings, and had pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings in the SEC for Mizzou.


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Ranked Missouri softball shuts out Kansas in Clearwater Invite 8-0 https://www.komu.com/news/ranked-missouri-softball-shuts-out-kansas-in-clearwater-invite-8-0/ https://www.komu.com/news/ranked-missouri-softball-shuts-out-kansas-in-clearwater-invite-8-0/ Sports Thu, 13 Feb 2020 5:06:59 PM Ethan Becker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Ranked Missouri softball shuts out Kansas in Clearwater Invite 8-0

CLEARWATER - The 18th ranked Missouri Tigers played their first game in the ESPN St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational in Florida Thursday afternoon against the Kansas Jayhawks.

This is after Missouri jumped into the rankings due to last weekend's performance at the NFCA Leadership Classic, where they went 5-0, including a 7-4 win against a ranked Minnesota squad.

The game was tied going into the bottom of the 2nd inning with bases loaded when freshman Emma Nichols hit a single into left field, allowing Hatti Moore and Kimberly Wert to put the Tigers on the board 2-0.

A throwing error by Ashlyn Anderson of the Jayhawks later in the inning allowed two more runs to be scored for Missouri and Jazmyn Rollin was hit by a pitch next at bat, giving the Tigers bases loaded for the third time in the inning leading 4-0.

Cayla Kessinger ended up leaving Kansas behind in the dust as she smacked the ball behind the right center field wall for a Grand Slam to expand the Missouri lead 8-0 after the 2nd inning.

Neither Kansas or Missouri scored the rest of the game, allowing the mercy rule to be used in the 5th inning and Missouri wins the game 8-0.

Freshman Megan Schumacher would grab the win for Missouri as she pitched three innings with two walks and two strikeouts, and freshman Jordan Weber started for the Tigers as she pitched two innings with zero hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.

Missouri advances to 6-0 on the season and continues the invitational in Clearwater with a double-header tomorrow against Liberty at 1:30 p.m. CT and 16th ranked Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m. CT.


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