THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Baseball continues; Tigers get a new rival

Sunday, June 3, 2012 | 6:58 p.m. CDT; updated 7:59 p.m. CST, Monday, December 10, 2012
Missouri's Michael McGraw, left, and Dillon Everett, right, kiss the trophy after winning the Big 12 conference tournament championship baseball game against Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team is trying to carry the momentum of a Big 12 tournament championship in NCAA regional play this weekend in Tucson, Ariz.

Missouri, which hadn't played in the NCAA tournament since 2009, lost the first game of the double-elimination regional 15-3 to top-seeded Arizona on Friday. The Tigers were able to bounce back to beat New Mexico State 6-2 on Saturday to avoid elimination.

SEC scheduling decisions

Divisions for football
SEC East





South Carolina



SEC West






Mississippi State

Texas A&M

Cross-division opponents for football



Kentucky-Mississippi State


South Carolina-Texas A&M



Permanent rivals for men's basketball



Georgia-South Carolina

LSU-Texas A&M

Mississippi-Mississippi State



Missouri will play Louisville on Sunday night in another elimination game. In order for the Tigers to win the Tuscon Regional and advance to the next round of postseason play, they have to beat Louisville and then beat Arizona twice.

While the baseball team tries to survive and advance, the Missouri softball team is watching the NCAA Women's College World Series from home for the first time in four years. This offseason, the Tigers will have the tough task of replacing their best offensive player, senior Second Team All-American Ashley Fleming.

Scheduling decisions made at SEC spring meetings

With their teams preparing for next season, Southeastern Conference football and basketball coaches met in Dustin, Fla. last week for the conference's spring meetings.

Among other topics, the coaches came to an agreement on what football and basketball schedules will look like in the coming years.

Football coaches agreed on an eight-game schedule in which each team will play its six division opponents and one permanent cross-division opponent on a yearly basis, as well as one additional cross-division opponent that will rotate from year-to-year.

Missouri, a member of the SEC East division, was paired with Arkansas as a permanent cross-division opponent.

The Tigers were also paired with the Razorbacks as permanent rivals in men's and women's basketball, where divisions are not used.

Men's basketball coaches agreed on an 18-game schedule in which each team will play every other team at least once each season. Each team will also play its permanent rival and four other teams a second time each season. Those four games will be rotated from year-to-year.

Berstresser charged with misdemeanor

Missouri back-up quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was charged with one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident after being arrested on May 15.

Because the charge was not a felony, Berkstresser may be able to rejoin the team.

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