Just adding to what Matt talked about earlier today.
Mizzou had a terrible weekend at the Grand Canyon tournament. The Tigers lost three of the four games with ace Kyle Gibson earning the team’s only win. Mizzou fell to number 15 in Baseball America’s Top 25. The team’s hard-throwing sophomores have to step up to solidify the rotation. If not, this team is in trouble.
Stunningly, the Southeast Missouri Redhawks won two of three at nationally ranked Alabama. The Redhawks will play its home opener on Tuesday afternoon at Capaha Field. I hope I see you there.
Performances of those that could fall to the Cardinals at number 19:
Mike Minor (Vandy) The southpaw started out strong, spinning three scoreless innings before giving up and unearned run in the fourth. He ended up giving up three runs, two earned on five hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and no walks in the no-decision.
D.J. LeMahieu (LSU)The talented shortstop collected five hits including three triples in nine at bats. He also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Mike Leake (Arizona St.) The right-hander struck out seven while allowing only one run in six innings against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ryan Jackson (Miami) Two of his three hits were for extra bases over the weekend. The shortstop also drew four walks in the four game set.
Ben Tootle (Jacksonville St.) Hurled four no-hit innings before leaving after 84 pitches. Tootle struck out four but struggled with his command which led to three walks.
Kyle Heckathorn (Kennesaw St.) Recently featured at Baseball America, the 6’6″ right-hander did not factor in the decision on Friday after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings while striking out four.
Tyler Lyons (Oklahoma St.) The left-handed junior hurled six shutout innings while allowing only two hits to an underrated Manhattan program. It was his 11th consecutive win.