COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team will get a taste of life in the major leagues not once, but twice in the upcoming season.
The Tigers' 2009 schedule, announced on Wednesday, includes games in each of Missouri’s Major League Baseball Stadiums. The Tigers will take on Saint Louis University on April 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and play Big 12 Conference foe Kansas on April 22 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Jayhawks defeated the Tigers 3-0 when the two teams met last season at Kauffman Stadium.
The 2009 season will officially begin for Missouri with the Grand Canyon Classic on Feb. 20 in Phoenix, where the Tigers are set to open against Nevada. The team will play nine more games in the Phoenix area before its home opener on March 1 at Taylor Stadium against Western Illinois.
The Tigers will play 29 games in front of a home crowd at Taylor Stadium during the 2009 season. Big 12 Conference home series include Texas A&M (March 20-22), Oklahoma (April 3-5), Texas Tech (April 24-26) and Kansas (May 8-10). Missouri opens Big 12 play at Texas on March 13 for a three-day series.
The team will play on the road for a total of 19 games, including nine contests at neutral sites. One familiar neutral site on the schedule is T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo., where Missouri returns on April 28 to face Eastern Illinois. The Tigers beat the Panthers there last April.
The Tigers will travel to Oklahoma City to play in the Big 12 Conference Tournament slated to begin May 20 at Bricktown Ballpark. Regional play for the NCAA Tournament starts on May 29 and concludes with the College World Series slated for June 13-22.
MU VOLLEYBALL: The Tigers lost to Big 12 Conference opponent Texas 25-21, 16-25, 15-25, 23-25 on Wednesday at Hearnes Center. Megan Wilson had 12 kills and Amanda Hantouli had 11 kills and four blocks for Missouri (13-16, 7-12). Texas, which is still in line for a at least a share of the Big 12 title at 24-3, 17-2, was led by Ashley Engle's 16 kills. The Tigers host Texas A&M (15-14, 10-9 Big 12) in their season finale at 6:30 p.m. Friday.