Hitting vanishes after hot start

Something strange happened between games of the doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium. It almost seemed as if Missouri and Eastern Michigan had switched uniforms.

After pounding five Eastern Michigan pitchers for 18 hits in an 18-2 blowout in the first game, the Tigers went hitless through the first five innings of the nightcap while the Eagles were scoring runs. The Tigers (8-4) came back but couldn’t entirely make up the lost ground and fell 7-6.

Cougars’ scoring stalls in crucial final possession

The Columbia College men’s basketball team suffered one of the most improbable scoring droughts in recent memory en route to an exciting finish in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at the Arena at Southwell Complex.

After dominating nearly every facet of play for most of Saturday’s 63-62 loss to McKendree (Ill.), the Cougars (21-13) scored just one point in the game’s final six minutes, including a last-second scoring opportunity that never took flight.

Superfan helps pull Cougars out of tight spot

During basketball season, Karen Harris has 21 extra sons and daughters.

Harris, a faithful and loud presence at all Columbia College basketball games, said she feels like all the players are her children.

Colorful matchup kicks off season

Although the teams receive separate scores, Rock Bridge and Hickman girls’ swimming and diving teams operate as one.

The teams compete and practice together, and John Hamilton coaches both.

Cowboys round up Tigers in finals

The Oklahoma State Cowboys left little doubt that they are the best team in the country heading into the NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in St. Louis.

The No. 1 Cowboys won a record seven individual championships, including three against Missouri wrestlers, to win the 2005 Big 12 Conference Championship. It is their 39th conference title.

Tigers’ doubles play sets tone for match

The weekend couldn’t have gone better for the Missouri tennis team.

After beating Louisville 5-2 on Friday, the Tigers remained unbeaten at home by defeating Ohio State 5-2 on Saturday. The Tigers are 9-2 and 7-0 at Green Tennis Center.

Columbia College advances to championship bracket

The Columbia College softball team rebounded from a pair of losses Friday in the Gulf Coast Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday in Orange Beach, Ala.

The No. 7 Cougars beat Belhaven University 10-1 in five innings in the first game of the day. Pitcher Monica Mueller earned the win, striking out seven and allowing two hits. Catcher Sarah Moreau went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

First in the Family

In 2001, the best senior wrestler in Wisconsin called out Ben Askren, telling anyone who cared to listen that he was going to beat Askren in the state finals.

Big mistake.

Taking every chance

Joel McCune is in the zone.

The only sounds at Finger Lakes State Park this late morning are the geese and the ripples McCune makes as he glides his small boat through the water.

Tigers Win Missouri Bragging Rights

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team beat Southeast Missouri State and a flu bug this week.

Despite battling a team-wide flu strain, the team scored its second highest team score of the season. MU out performed SEMO 195.350-190.200. The score beat last week’s Cat Classic’s performance that bolstered the Tigers’ ranking into the top 20 according to updated national rankings.

Scherzer fans 13 in Tigers' triumph

Sophomore pitcher Max Scherzer was so dominant in Missouri's 7-1 victory against Eastern Michigan on Friday he was boring his teammates.

"Playing in the outfield, it gets real monotonous because he'll just throw it by them," outfielder Hunter Mense said. "When you do get a ball hit to you, you're kind of surprised."

Who’s on first? One quality newcomer

Quick, name the Missouri baseball player third on the team in batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs and second in on-base percentage.

Third-year starter James Boone, who was third in average last year? Nope.

Defeat hard to explain

It’s hard to determine which told the story better, the numbers or the looks on their faces.

One-by-one they filed out of Missouri’s locker room. Glen Dandridge was first. A half hour later, Thomas Gardner was last.

Win not that easy

Sometimes reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament is as easy as beating a 20-loss team at home.

And sometimes it’s as difficult as withstanding the hardest charge a well-coached underdog can muster.

In with an elite group

The Big 12 Conference is the best wrestling conference in America. Period.

All five teams are ranked in the top-15 in the country with Oklahoma State (No. 1), Iowa State (No. 3) and Nebraska (No. 4) in the top-five. No. 7 Oklahoma is the fourth team in the top-10, while No. 15 Missouri brings up the rear.

Nickoley picked top indoor freshman

Big 12 coaches voted Trisa Nickoley the 2005 indoor track and field Female Freshmen Performer of the Year Wednesday.

Nickoley, from Tecumseh, Kan., won two Big 12 indoor titles at last weekend’s Big 12 Championships. She won an individual championship in the 800 meters and was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team.

Freshmen facing final exam

For every Missouri player, the biggest game of the season is the home game against Kansas.

Even the Tigers’ four freshmen know how important it is, and they’ve never played against the Jayhawks in Columbia.

Dedicated to Diving

From the moment Jamie Sweeney wakes up to the moment he goes back to sleep, there is only one thing on his mind: diving.

“I don’t think about anything else,” Sweeney said. “Some people may think that’s lame, but this sport is my life.”

Lee plays a role for Kansas with cousin

Wayne Simien is the bruiser. Aaron Miles is the passer. Keith Langford is the shooter.

For Michael Lee, Kansas’ fourth senior, the description is a little different and took longer to adjust to.

Kansas on their minds

AMES, Iowa — Don’t talk to the Missouri Tigers about a postseason, even though their 14-15 overall record means they need to win Sunday to be eligible for the National Invitational Tournament. Teams with losing records can’t be invited to the NIT.

Don’t talk to them about the Big 12 Conference Tournament, even though the Tigers appear to be destined for a first-round meeting with either Iowa State, the team that trounced the Tigers 67-49 on Wednesday, or Kansas State, which swept the regular season series with Missouri.