THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Egnew picked in NFL Draft; softball team sweeps

Sunday, April 29, 2012 | 7:17 p.m. CDT

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft, and several of his teammates signed free-agent contracts. Also, the Missouri softball team swept Iowa State in a weekend series, and the baseball team dropped a series to Texas Tech after having won five straight games.

Egnew only football player drafted

Egnew was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the NFL Draft. The tight end had 147 catches for more than 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns during his career at Missouri. He was the third overall tight end taken in this year's draft.

After competing against Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in both high school and college, Egnew — shown at left in a photo by Missourian photographer Matthew Busch — will get the chance to play with the eighth-overall pick.

Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith, one of several players who signed free-agent contracts following the draft, will join Egnew in Miami. Wide receiver Jerrell Jackson signed with his hometown Houston Texans, and wide receiver Wes Kemp will play for the Carolina Panthers. Defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton signed with the Oakland Raiders.

Offensive lineman Austin Wuebbels signed with the Denver Broncos, and Terrell Resonno will play for the Minnesota Vikings. Kicker Grant Ressel signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and long snapper Beau Brinkley was picked up by the Tennessee Titans. 

Egnew, Smith, Jackson and Hamilton had worked out at the NFL Combine.

On Saturday, the football team hosted International Day, where team members showed 150 international students around the Missouri Athletic Training Complex and held a clinic.

Softball team sweeps Cyclones

The Missouri softball team improved to 14-7 in the Big 12 Conference and 37-10 overall by winning three straight games at Iowa State over the weekend.

The Tigers hit three consecutive home runs in the second inning of Friday's 9-0 victory, the first time the they have done so since March 2007. Kelsi Roth, who hit one of them, followed up with a first-inning grand-slam home run in an 8-0 win Saturday

On Sunday, Missouri almost gave away a six-run lead but held on to win 6-5. Freshman pitcher Bailey Erwin got her first start in seven weeks Sunday and improved to 6-0.

The Tigers, ranked No. 10 in the nation, still trail Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12 standings. They take a break from conference play next week with a home game against Murray State and a weekend series at No. 16 Oregon.

Earlier in the week, Missourian reporter James Ayello wrote that between the good play by Ashley Fleming, Mackenzie Sykes and Ashtin Stephens, the team has gotten a lot out of "Missouri-grown" talents

Baseball team drops series to Texas Tech

The Missouri baseball team couldn't maintain its momentum against the Red Raiders, losing 4-3 on Saturday and falling 7-0 on Sunday after winning its five previous games.

The Tigers dominated Texas Tech in the first game of the series Friday, winning 9-0. Sophomore Rob Zastryzny pitched the first complete game shut-out of his career, and Missouri scored seven runs in the fourth inning.

Missouri is 7-11 in the Big 12 and 23-9 overall. It will play future Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas in a two-game series starting Tuesday. 

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.

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