Missouri outfielder Opel wins Big 12 Player of the Week

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 7:20 p.m. CST; updated 7:35 p.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

It's the kind of start that should help junior outfielder Dane Opel forget about last season.

Opel went 6-of-12 at the plate against Auburn, including four RBIs and two home runs, to help the Missouri baseball team take 2-of-3 games in its opening series of the season and earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors, announced Monday.


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Last year, Opel hit .209 in 35 games, starting 32, with a home run and eight RBIs.

The award is the first for Opel, and the first for a Tiger baseball player since graduated outfielder Jonah Schmidt won the award May 9 of last season.  

The Tigers dropped its first game against Auburn before winning the second and third games 4-3 and 6-4, respectively.

The Tigers will travel to San Francisco this weekend to face the San Francisco Dons in a three-game series.  

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