Campus Corner

Missouri baseball misses NCAA tourney, Missouri State draws No. 8 seed

Missouri State catcher Matt Fultz celebrated with teammates after Missouri State defeated Bradley 2-0 for the Missouri Valley regular-season championship on May 14 in Springfield, Mo.
Missouri State catcher Matt Fultz celebrated with teammates after Missouri State defeated Bradley 2-0 for the Missouri Valley regular-season championship on May 14 in Springfield, Mo. The Associated Press

Four wins in 18 games since April 21 simply wasn’t enough for the Missouri baseball team, which was left out Monday when the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was revealed.

The Tigers, 30-28, were one of the last four teams on the outside looking in along with North Carolina, Michigan State and Southern Mississippi, according to the NCAA.

Missouri went to seven straight regional from 2003-09, but has only made the postseason one in the last six seasons (2012).

The Tigers’ struggles down the stretch along with RPI-draining losses against Southeast Missouri, Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Air Force in midweek games plus a sweep at home against Milwaukee didn’t help the tourney resume.

As disappointed as Missouri was, it was a big day for Missouri State, which swept the Tigers 9-8 in Columbia and 13-8 in Springfield this season.

The Bears were chosen as the No. 8 overall seed.

Missouri State, 45-10, which won the Missouri Valley regular-season and tourney championships, will host a regional for the first time in program history.

The Bears open against Canisius, 34-28, at 5 p.m. Friday at Hammons Field in Springfield.

Iowa, 39-16, meets Oregon, 37-23, in the other half of the regional draw at Missouri State at noon on Friday. Both games are available for streaming on ESPN3.

Meanwhile, the Tigers became the first team in SEC history since 2001 to win 15 conference games and fail to make the NCAA field.

Seven SEC teams — including national seeds No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Florida, No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 11 Vanderbilt — made the field. Mississippi, Arkansas and Auburn also were at-large selections.

Trey Harris earns tourney honor

Missouri freshman outfielder Trey Harris was selected to the All-SEC Tournament Team after going six of 13 with a double, two runs and three RBIs in three games last week in Hoover, Ala.

Harris, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., was one of four outfielders selected for the team. He was one three players who didn’t play for championship-game participants Florida and Vanderbilt to make the team.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @todpalmer.

  Comments