Missouri sophomore Shane Benes has decided to leave the baseball program, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Benes, a 6-foot-2 third baseman from suburban St. Louis, batted .198 with eight doubles, six home runs and 30 RBIs in 49 games for the Tigers last season. He batted .225 as a freshman in limited action.
Benes, whose departure was first reported by PowerMizzou.com, will remain enrolled at Mizzou.
He made the decision early last week before Tim Jamieson announced Saturday that he would resign after 22 seasons with the Tigers.
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Benes — who is the son of former Cardinals, Padres and Diamondbacks pitcher Andy Benes — played in only 19 games after suffering a second torn ACL in his right knee during fall baseball in his first season at Missouri.