From the mid-1980s until the late 1990s, playing the Missouri women’s tennis team meant one thing: an easy victory.
That changed when coach Blake Starkey arrived.
The school bus came to a stop just beyond the right-field wall at University Field.
It was a target as the No. 15 Tigers batted in the bottom of the first inning.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Missouri baseball team got out to a good start Saturday afternoon, peppering Nebraska’s All-Big 12 Conference pitcher Zach Kroenke for seven hits and four runs in the first three innings.
With a 4-0 lead and a 2-1 win Friday night under their belts, the Tigers were starting to feel good about taking two straight from the Cornhuskers.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Missouri coach Tim Jamieson didn't plan on having sophomore Max Scherzer pitch a complete game. It's just that Scherzer was too good to take out.
Scherzer led the No. 17 Tigers to a 2-1 victory against No. 7 Nebraska on Friday night at Hawks Field. He struck out nine and gave up a lone run on four hits in the first complete game of his career.
Josh Street came through in the clutch Friday for Francis Howell.
Street hit a key triple in the seventh and pitched the last two innings in relief to pick up the win for Francis Howell in a 5-4 decision over Rock Bridge.
A big slump came at the wrong time for the Missouri Tigers.
After starting the Big 12 Conference season 8-1, MU has gone 3-6 in conference games, falling from first place to fourth. Missouri has lost four of its past five games overall, including two at the hands of a sub-.500 Southwest Missouri State team.
ST. LOUIS — Brian Giles had four hits and five RBIs Thursday night in the San Diego Padres’ 8-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, who turned the first triple play in the major leagues this season.
Giles ended a 0-for-22 slump by hitting a three-run home run and going 4-for-5, including an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run.
The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is looking forward to a warm-up for the district tournament.
The Bruins will travel to Quincy, Ill., today to compete in the two-day Quincy Tournament.
Dane Pavlovich has had a good week. Pavlovich, the basketball, volleyball and tennis recruiter at Stephens College, signed a player in each sport this week.
CHICAGO — Even with just a little offense, Jose Contreras and the Chicago White Sox found a way to win again.
Contreras pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and the streaking White Sox scored twice in the eighth without a hit to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Thursday.
Hickman was ready coming into Wednesday night’s game against Rock Bridge and it showed.
The Kewpies waited only 15 seconds before taking the upper hand.
The only bad news the Hickman baseball team got during Wednesday’s home game came before a pitch was thrown.
After starting lineups were announced and the Kewpies took the field, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh threw his glove to the ground as he walked off the mound toward the Hickman dugout. He appeared to be indicating discomfort in his throwing arm.
Collin Hoeferlin wasn’t patient at the plate Wednesday but it turned out to be exactly what Rock Bridge needed.
Hoeferlin, the Bruins’ senior first baseman, hit the first pitch in his first three at bats and reached base each time.
In what Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover calls a “very healthy” rivalry, the Bruins girls’ soccer team is beginning to close the gap.
Rock Bridge lost 3-0 to Hickman on Tuesday night, but VanDover said he thought his team was improving.
Curt Riley will take over the reins of the Hickman girls’ basketball program next year.
Hickman athletic director Doug Mirts made the announcement Tuesday in a news conference at the school.
Rock Bridge tennis fans came to Bethel Park with yellow rally towels in hand and hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill Tuesday.
They were treated to a 9-0 sweep of rival Hickman, the fourth time this season the Bruins (13-0) have swept an opponent. But the fact that it was the Kewpies made the win even more special.
Sure, it was a little chilly outside.
Yeah, the Southwest Missouri State Bears haven’t had a great season.
CINCINNATI — Jason Marquis made sure the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t need another historic comeback.
The right-hander gave up three hits and took a shutout into the ninth inning Tuesday, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ depleted bullpen held on for a 4-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds.
Rock Bridge coach Terry Whitney was standing in his team’s bullpen watching his freshman-and-sophomore team play Hickman on Tuesday when Scott Reller’s name was brought up.
“What a jerk,” Whitney said, laughing. “No, he’s a very, very, very hard worker. I said that three times, didn’t I? That’s how hard of a worker he is.”
On Tuesday, junior outfielder Janessa Roening became the first Missouri softball player to be named the USA Softball National Player of the Week. She was also named Big 12 Player of the Week.
Roening was 7-for-13 with four runs scored, seven RBI and two home runs in three games – a win against North Dakota State and two victories against No. 4 Texas A&M. She was 4-for-6 on Saturday against Texas A&M, including the winning single. On Sunday, Roening hit a two-run home run in the fifth and tied the game with her two-out single in the seventh.