MU baseball wins opener

Friday, February 11, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:39 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Missouri baseball team won its season opener 8-3 against Portland at the Oakland A’s Spring Training Camp in Phoenix.

Senior pitcher Erik Dessau started and threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and picking up the win. Junior shortstop Greg O’Neill had two hits, including a triple, and sophomore right-fielder Hunter Mense also had two hits.

O’Neill and junior second baseman Trevor Helms had two RBIs each.

PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: Phil Mickelson keeps hitting it long and going low.

Fresh off a career-low 60 last week in Phoenix that led to his first victory of the year, Mickelson broke the course record at Spyglass Hill — the toughest course in the rotation — with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Mickelson took advantage of pristine conditions on the Monterey Peninsula, with a brilliant blue sky and a trace of wind that made Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Poppy Hills so tame that more than half the 180-man field broke par.

JACKSON BID DENIED: Reggie Jackson is frustrated that his offer to buy the Oakland Athletics was not accepted even though his group was willing to pay $25 million more than Los Angeles real estate developer Lewis Wolff for the franchise.

“He’d like nothing better than to fulfill his dream, which is to be an owner of a baseball team,” Jackson’s attorney, Ed Blum, said Thursday.

A’s co-owner Steve Schott said that the offer from Jackson’s group came after he and partner Ken Hofmann already had an agreement to sell the team to Wolff, the team’s vice president for venue development.

BIG 12: From A to Z — Aldridge to Zeno — the Big 12 is bristling with an extraordinary class of high-class freshman.

Everyone expected Texas point guard Daniel Gibson to bring a dazzling array of skills into his first season, and nobody feels let down. Gibson is averaging more than 17 points for the injury-ravaged Longhorns. But 6-9 Joseph Jones has also emerged. He’s leading all freshmen in rebounding and is playing a pivotal role in the Texas A&M turnaround.

Then there’s Baylor’s Australian-born guard Aaron Bruce, among the league’s leading scorers. Richard Roby is Colorado’s top scorer and has looked at times almost unstoppable.

Nebraska’s Joe McCray is one of the Big 12’s top 3-point shooters. And people are raving about JamesOn Curry, who only recently broke into Oklahoma State’s talented, veteran lineup but is averaging 16.5 points in his last four games. LaMarcus Aldridge, a 6-10 bruiser, was off to a great start for Texas until he was injured last month. One big reason No. 25 Texas Tech is challenging Kansas for the conference lead has been the smooth play of Martin Zeno.

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