Longhorns gain split by getting defensive

Two freshmen were central characters in the biggest play of Missouri’s softball game at University Field on Sunday.

One seized the moment, acted on gut instincts and emerged a heroine.

Rolen has Brewers’number

MILWAUKEE — Scott Rolen could see it coming.

Rolen had three hits and three RBIs, including a tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Detroit flies past Royals

KANSAS CITY — Mike Maroth, known for his finesse pitching, was pleased to have a strong fastball as well.

Maroth pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Ivan Rodriguez had three hits, including a home run and two-run double, to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Odyssey benefits Osterman

Texas pitcher Cat Osterman walked toward Longhorns catcher Megan Willis to retrieve the ball after throwing a strike Sunday.

She caught the ball, then turned toward center fielder Tina Boutelle.

Missouri golfers outlast Purdue

The Missouri men’s golf team won the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Tigers were 3-under par in the final round for an 861 to edge host Purdue by eight strokes and capture their second straight tournament victory.

Defense prevails in black and gold scrimmage

The Missouri Tigers defense wore black on Saturday, but its play was nothing short of golden.

The defense out-dueled the offense 63-46 in the annual Black and Gold spring game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The scoring system was specific to the scrimmage.

Day of disappointment for new offense

Missouri kicker Scott Russell is willing to help the football team any way he can, and that included taking snaps at wide receiver during the spring.

Russell, a redshirt freshman, said he played all over the field at Rock Bridge High School. He said he does not know when he will be able to focus on one position, but playing both in the spring has been fun.

Backup quarterbacks struggle during scrimmage

If Saturday’s Black and Gold game is any indication of how the new Missouri offense works without Brad Smith, Gary Pinkel and the other Tigers coaches better not let their starting quarterback out of their sight.

Backup quarterbacks Brandon Coleman and Chase Patton struggled during their extended work in the final scrimmage of the spring season.

Pushing the limit

The truest form of sport was on display Friday at Walton Stadium.

One athlete, trying to break a world record, was cheered on by dozens of her competitors as she turned down the front stretch of her final event.

Bruins hit stride after slow beginning

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team didn’t end up needing an extra goal anyway.

Midway through the second half, Rock Bridge’s Claire Schaeperkoetter appeared to have scored a goal on a rebound of a shot that opposing goalkeeper Theresa Williams had deflected.

Tigers find good luck in 13th

Ashley Hays stood waiting on the University Field dirt before the bottom of the 13th inning Saturday, just a step or two from the chalk of the first-base line.

She had set foot on the field several times in the preceding three-plus hours — to congratulate teammates who scored a run and to play catch with her fellow outfielders before every inning.

The butterfly effect bites track stars

Every athlete can attest to its presence.

It’s the tightness in your chest, the trembling in your fingers and the flips in your stomach.

Stephens gains first win in final chance

Stephens College tennis freshman Jaclyn Cook faced pressure from all angles Saturday.

In the third set of her singles match, a tiebreaker was needed to decide the victor. But there was more riding on the tiebreaker than just one match.

Voice of the Cougars

Quintin Norris, 30, is a self-described “enthusiastic friend” of Columbia College.

He appeared at the school three years ago when women’s basketball coach Mike Davis came to Columbia College and started the basketball program.

Kewpies Victorious in Dual Meet

A sweep of the three relay events led Hickman to victories over Mary Institute Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) and Blue Springs South in its duel meet on Friday at Hickman.

Rock Bridge defeated MICDS but fell short against Blue Springs South.

Hickman plays road game at home

The Hickman high school team had the privilege of playing this road game in friendly surroundings.

After the Kewpies' game at Macon was rained out on Tuesday, the Tigers played a home game at Hickman Field Friday because of a scheduling conflict on their homefield.

They never did quite make themselves at home.

Kewpies’ left-handed ace has right stuff vs. Bruins

This type of pitching will get you noticed.

Hickman starter Steven Boyer pounded the strike zone relentlessly Thursday against Rock Bridge for an 8-0 Kewpies victory at Hickman Field.

Rarefied Air

Austra Skujyte could break a world record today.

Skujyte, the silver medalist for Lithuania in the women’s heptathlon at the 2004 Olympics and a Kansas State graduate, is one of four women competing in the first official women’s decathlon held in the United States.

MU gets look at nation’s elite pitcher

Missouri softball coach Ty Singleton has a philosophy he has preached to his Tigers from the start of the year.

“One thing I ask them to do is, ‘I want you to put a curtain in front of that pitcher,’” he told his team after the Tigers’ game against Drake on March 13. “You can’t see the pitcher. All you see is the arm and the ball being released.”

Gymnasts end year too early

In February, the outlook of Missouri’s gymnastic team wasn’t so hot.

Coach Rob Drass said his team wasn’t performing at the level it should be. His challenge was to make the Tigers believe how good they were and force them to stop coasting at an average level.