Tigers baseball players earn academic honors

Eight Missouri baseball players were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team on Tuesday.

Juniors James Boone and Travis Wendte were named to the first team for the second time. Senior Cosme Caballero and sophomores Max Scherzer and Nathan Culp were also named to the first team.

Cardinals’ manager ties for second on franchise wins list with Whitey Herzog

ST. LOUIS — A decade ago when the St. Louis Cardinals hired Tony La Russa as their manager, there’s no question he would have lost a popularity contest with Whitey Herzog.

A successful run of five postseason berths and a World Series appearance narrowed the gap. And La Russa caught Herzog, who guided the team to a championship and three pennants in the 1980s, on the franchise victory list Monday night with a 4-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Young driver on right track to further name

INDIANAPOLIS — A.J. Foyt IV hears people complain he is too young, too raw and too erratic to win in Indy cars.

At one point, they might have been right.

Home run ends Tigers’ season

The Missouri women’s softball team didn’t think its season had ended Sunday when Leah Nelson’s fly ball to left-center field carried over the fence to give Stanford the lead in the third inning.

As it turns out, it did. Nelson’s home run proved decisive, as Stanford held its 3-2 lead for the rest of the game to win the NCAA Regional at University Field.

Royals take advantage

KANSAS CITY — After embarrassing himself the night before, Emil Brown felt no sympathy for a humiliated David Eckstein.

Eckstein, the normally sure-handed St. Louis shortstop, committed two errors in the first inning Sunday that led to six unearned runs, and Kansas City parlayed the gift runs into a 9-2 victory on interim manager Bob Schaefer’s 61st birthday.

Missouri baseball team wins regular season finale

WACO, Texas — Missouri used a six-run eighth inning rally Sunday to defeat Baylor 10-4.

The Tigers (37-19, 16-11 Big 12 Conference) trailed Baylor 3-1 with two outs in the top of the eighth. Derek Chambers had an RBI double, Hunter Mense singled in two runs and Gary Arndt doubled in two more to key the rally. Another run scored on a bases-loaded walk.

Tigers roar on Day 2

It would appear the Missouri softball team might enjoy playing in elimination games.

After rallying to reach the Big 12 tournament championship game following an opening-game loss to Baylor, the Tigers lost their first NCAA Regional tournament game to Southern Illinois on Friday.

Bruins sweep into final four

Rock Bridge tennis coach Ben Loeb has experienced a great deal in high school tennis. But Saturday at Bethel Park tennis courts he experienced something he had never been through: a water cooler bath.

Bruins players stormed after Loeb after they dominated their Class 2 boys’ sectional. Rock Bridge defeated West Plains 6-0 in the sectional round, then beat Jefferson City 6-0 in the state quarterfinals.

Hickman third at state swimming finals

The Hickman girls' swimming team placed fifth at the MSHSAA state meet with 170 points. Blue Springs won with 334 1/2 ahead of Wildwood (276 1/2) and Parkway South (199). Marquette was fourth with 197. The Kewpies best performance came from Claire Piester, Marie Pope, Mary Sheahen and Julie Schenker, who placed third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Chelsea Laun stepped in for Pope on the Kewpies fourth-place 200 medley relay. Sheahen was sixth in the 100 breaststroke and Schenker was sixth in the 100 freestyle. Rock Bridge was tied for 37th in the team standings.

Extra Points

MU MEN'S GOLF: The Tigers fin-ished sixth at the NCAA Central Regional to qualify for the NCAA national tournament June 1-4 in Baltimore, Md.

The Tigers, who were seeded 21st at the 27-team regional, finished with a 870 at par-70 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Augusta State won with a 849 ahead of Oklahoma State (858) and Texas A&M (863).

Ultimate Challenge

It’s a rag-tag gathering. Six men, clad in an array of athletic shorts and orange T-shirts, face their leader, perhaps the most ragged of the group, for instructions.

“OK guys, match up across the field, we’ll go with man-to-man. Don’t forget, let’s be money.”

Home stretch

After a frantic run to the Big 12 Conference championship game, the Missouri softball team is set to begin the race for a national championship with an advantage: home field advantage.

The No. 16 Tigers host a NCAA Softball Regional Tournament that starts today and runs through Sunday at University Field.

Kewpies secure district crown

Hickman’s most celebrated player this season backed up the hype on Thursday when it mattered most.

Blake Tekotte’s two-run go-ahead home run helped the Kewpies secure a 4-2 victory against Helias and the championship of the Class 4 District 10 Tournament in Jefferson City.

Myers sends down Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA — Brett Myers is earning respect all around the National League.

Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBIs, and Myers had another solid outing, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Cardinals grab victory

PHILADELPHIA — The St. Louis Cardinals retired Bobby Abreu when it mattered most.

Yadier Molina hit a three-run home run and Albert Pujols added a two-run shot, helping the Cardinals overcome another home run by Abreu in an 8-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Mora’s home runs help Orioles overpower Royals

KANSAS CITY — Melvin Mora had two home runs and four RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Royals 7-4 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory in Kansas City.

David Newhan also hit a home run for the Orioles, who have hit seven home runs in the first two games of the three-game series and increased their major league-leading total to 60.

Cards fail to capitalize

PHILADELPHIA — Cory Lidle can thank Bobby Abreu and Philadelphia’s offense for this victory. He sure didn’t get any help from the left side of his infield.

Abreu hit his eighth home run in nine games, helping the Philadelphia Phillies overcome five errors in a 7-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Royals waste hot start

KANSAS CITY — Rafael Palmeiro had four hits, including his 555th home run, and drove in five runs, helping the Baltimore Orioles rally from a six-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 12-8 on Tuesday night.

Brian Roberts added his 11th home run and Sal Fasano had a pinch-hit shot for the Orioles (25-13), who moved 12 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season.

Hickman finishes third at state golf

The Hickman boys’ golf team slipped a bit on the second day of the Class 5 championships, finishing third behind Rockhurst and Poplar Bluff.

The Kewpies, who led after a first-day score of 300, shot 319 Tuesday at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar, but that didn’t diminish coach Clark Swisher’s enthusiasm.

Kewpies cruise in opener

The Hickman baseball team took control of its Class 4 District 10 opener early and rolled past Rock Bridge 11-2 in Sedalia on Tuesday.

Justin Jackson’s first-inning double gave the No. 1 seed Kewpies a two-run lead, and Ryan Nesbitt’s two-out single in the third capped a four-run inning that put Hickman ahead 6-0.