Astros corral Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The Houston Astros turned to their bullpen to quiet the St. Louis bats.

After starter Jared Fernandez allowed four runs in the first inning, Brandon Duckworth and four other relievers gave up one run the rest of the game and Houston beat the Cardinals 10-5 on Monday night.

Sillinger boosts St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Mike Sillinger has played for 10 teams in his 14-year NHL career, tying a league record. All that traveling and no hat tricks. Until now.

The St. Louis Blues’ late-season pickup had his first career three-goal game in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, helping a much more disciplined team work its way back into the first-round series.

Mavs spot strength at tryouts

After finishing in last place in the Frontier League’s West Division last season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks will take all the help they can get.

The Mavericks signed 13 players to spring training contracts Sunday after two days of invitational tryouts. Jon Williams, a former Missouri catcher, was one of two catchers to sign contracts.

Oklahoma rallies by MU in ninth inning

Oklahoma’s Jeff Scuderi singled to left field to drive in Aaron Ivey and the Sooners finished a three-run ninth-inning rally to beat Missouri, 4-3, and sweep the Tigers on Sunday.

Ole Sheldon started the rally for Oklahoma (22-11, 10-2 Big 12 Conference) with a single into center field. Eric Thornton doubled two plays later to score Sheldon and Matt Bose to tie. With no outs, Mark Alexander relieved Dustin Braud to pitch to Scuderi.

Coming together

Gary Pinkel is looking forward to the summer.

Not for a chance to work on his tan, after a dreary and wet day at Faurot Field, rather for a chance to watch his defense more than he did during Saturday’s Black and Gold scrimmage that signaled the end of spring practice.

Botts has sterling finish

No one expected a freshman to take Derrick Peterson to the wire on the second day of the Tom Botts Invitational on Saturday, but Missouri’s Austin Kerkhover did it.

Peterson, a six-time All-American in his days at Missouri, edged Kerkhover by 11 one-hundredths of a second in the coed 7x400-meter relay, an unconventional race that was not on the schedule for the two-day meet at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Cougars come back to earn split

After Columbia College lost its first American Midwest Conference game, it relied on a case of temporary amnesia to erase lingering feelings.

The Cougars made a conscious effort to forget their dismal performance in the first game and dominated the second in splitting a doubleheader with William Woods on Friday at Columbia College.

Slow start, good finish for Bruins

Somewhere along the way Rock Bridge woke up.

Rock Bridge lost to Parkway West 8-2 on Saturday morning but rebounded to defeat Webster Groves 7-3 later in the day at Cosmopolitan Park.

Drapeau leads Kewpies in rout

Sometimes having confidence and intensity can win a game, though scoring 12 goals usually doesn’t hurt.

Hickman defeated Webster Groves 12-4 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Tune leads Bruins past Kirksville

Kirksville’s accuracy was no match for the Rock Bridge Bruins’ barrage of shots Saturday.

The Bruins girls’ soccer team defeated the Kirksville Tigers 4-1 in drizzling rain at Cosmopolitan Park.

A winning combination

Matt Dresner and Justin Winner couldn’t get it done alone, but as a team they prevailed.

They lost close singles matches for Rock Bridge against Hickman on Thursday at Bethel Park but won their doubles match in a tie-breaker.

Bruins’ Plourde resigns as coach

Bob Plourde always did what he thought was best for his team and this was no different.

Plourde announced his resignation as girls’ basketball coach at Rock Bridge on Thursday.

Tiger wants 2nd qualifying mark

It’s one mark down and one to go for Serena Ramsey.

Ramsey, a sophomore distance runner for Missouri, will try to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 5,000-meter run at the Tom Botts Invitational and Heptathlon today and Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Hosting camps is tradition for Jones

Mike Jones excels at turning potentially negative situations into opportunities.

After playing at Missouri from 1987-1991, Jones signed with the Los Angeles Raiders. He was in his fourth year with the Raiders when he started hosting free football camps for children.

Pinkel announces captains for 2004 season

The ballots have been cast for captains for the Tigers' 2004 football season. Coach Gary Pinkel announced Friday that teammates have chosen senior linebacker James Kinney, senior defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellision, senior tailback Beau Viehmann and junior quarterback Brad Smith.

Kinney returns for a second year as captain. Smith, listed on several pre-season Heisman Trophy watch lists, comes back for his third consecutive year as captain. First-time captain Ellison was a 3rd-team All-Big 12 conference selection in 2003. Viehmann was named MU's walk-on player of the year in 2003.

Tigers put minds to it

Rhythm and the right brain helped Missouri get comfortable in the batters’ box Wednesday.

The Tigers defeated Kansas 7-0 at University Field to stay undefeated at home and in the Big 12 Conference. Their unique approach paid off not only in Erin Kalka’s pitching, but also in their six hits.

Billikens defeat MU, end streak

Saint Louis was happy to see a lengthy streak end Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Billikens beat Missouri 3-1, claiming their first win in 13 meetings to end an eight-year losing streak at Taylor Stadium. The loss extends Missouri’s losing streak to three, after losses Saturday and Sunday to Baylor.

Losing not an option

Jon-Eric Meyer got into tennis long before he became a freshman at Rock Bridge, but staying undefeated against Hickman is important to him.

Meyer started his career when he was about 8 and went with his dad to play with friends.

Cougars sweep McKendree

While watching her sister Anna Seipp bat in the eighth inning, Amy Seipp was getting angry in the on-deck circle.

After falling behind in the count, McKendree (Ill.) pitcher Amy Maurer got two close calls for strikes before Anna Seipp grounded to second on the 3-2 pitch.

Foss’ goal crucial for Kewpies

Midfielder Kendall Foss said she wasn’t expecting to score in Hickman’s soccer game against Hazelwood Central at Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday because she is a sophomore.

“Sophomores can score anytime they want,” Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.