COLUMBIA — Missouri outfielder Greg Folgia was named the National College Baseball Writers Association player of the week after hitting .550 in the Tigers four games last week. Folgia hit four home runs, drove in 10 runs and even pitched an inning.
Folgia’s three-run inside-the-park home run against Kansas last Friday night is thought to be the first inside Taylor Stadium and gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead, which they held onto for a victory.
Cal-State Bakersfield vs. Missouri
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Taylor Stadium
Folgia, who leads the team in home runs with 12, RBIs with 61 and in batting average at .342, also won the Big 12 Conference player of the week honors for the second time this season.
Missouri hosts Cal-State Bakersfield over the weekend in a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Missouri starting pitcher Kyle Gibson will probably start his last home game for the Tigers on Friday night. Gibson, projected to be a first-round pick in the June 8 Major League Baseball draft, is 9-3 this season with a 3.76 ERA. Gibson has struck out 115 batters in 91 2/3 innings.
“It’s been a pretty good journey for me,” Gibson said. “I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I’ve had some good times and some bad times.”
Senior Scooter Hicks is scheduled to start Saturday for the Tigers and freshman Ryan Clubb will start Sunday. It will be the third start of the year for Clubb who has been used mainly as a reliever. Clubb started against Indiana State earlier this season and allowed no runs and only one hit in 4 2/3 innings.
Usually, sophomore Nick Tepesch pitches for Missouri on Sunday but because the Big 12 Conference tournament starts Wednesday in Oklahoma City, Missouri decided to delay his start.
After finishing the Big 12 regular season 16-11, Missouri can finish anywhere from second to fourth in the close conference standings. In order to finish in second, Kansas must win two of its three games against Kansas State and Texas A&M must win two of three games against Oklahoma State but not sweep the Cowboys.
Senior third baseman Kyle Mach looks to extend his 13-game hitting streak against Cal-State Bakersfield. During the streak, which is the longest of his career, Mach is hitting .442.
Cal-State Bakersfield is in its first season of Division I baseball. The Roadrunners are 11-32 but beat Nebraska twice last weekend in a three game series in Lincoln. Bakersfield plans to start three freshman pitchers. Each freshman has an ERA greater than six runs.