Sophomore Max Scherzer of the Missouri baseball team has been named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Baseball Writers’ Association and Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week.
He teamed with sophomore Michael Cole to throw a no-hitter in a 25-0 win against Texas Tech on Friday. For this accomplishment, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named Cole and Scherzer National Players of the Week.
Scherzer (6-1) leads the Big 12 with a 1.02 ERA and 68 strikeouts.
MU GOLF: Missouri junior Chris Mabry shot a 5-under-par 66 to earn medalist honors, and MU gained a 35-stroke win Tuesday at the Belmont Invitational in Franklin, Tenn.
The Tigers broke 11 school records at the meet, with Mabry and sophomore Shawn Jasper each shooting a tournament-best 8-under-par 63. The team also broke a tournament record, shooting 19-under 265.
CARDINALS: Rick Ankiel was placed on unconditional release waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals, who are waiting to find out whether he will be claimed by another team.
Ankiel, who was on the Cardinals’ opening-day roster Sunday, was out of options. He has a $400,000 salary, and the Cardinals have said they hope to have him in their minor-league system if he is not claimed by another team.
He ended his pitching career last month because of recurring wildness, then started working out as an outfielder. The Cardinals would like to send him to the minors to relearn a position he hasn’t played since high school.
Ankiel, 25, has a .207 career average in the major leagues with two homers, a double, a triple and nine RBIs in 87 at-bats. He impressed as a designated hitter for the Cardinals’ rookie league team in Johnson City, Tenn., hitting 10 home runs in 2001.
St. Louis purchased the contract of left-hander Bill Pulsipher from Triple-A Memphis. Pulsipher, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2001, earned a roster spot after pitching shutout ball in 10 spring appearances.
The Cardinals also placed right-hander Matt Morris on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, allowing him to continue his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Morris was expected to begin the season on DL after undergoing a minor procedure on his right shoulder in December.
St. Louis filled a roster spot by purchasing the contract of second baseman Abraham Nunez from Memphis.