The First Baseball Game of the Year at Busch Stadium


  • photo by Keegan Hamilton

It wasn't played by the Cardinals (you'll have to wait till Monday, when the Pirates come to town to see the Redbirds in action) but by the Mizzou and SLU. The Tigers trounced the Billikens 19-6.

If a confused spectator had wandered into the stands, there was zero chance of confusing this game for big league play. It was a sloppy, achingly slow-paced affair that included seven errors, thirteen walks, and six hit batsmen. 

But despite their mediocre records (SLU is 14-13 after the loss and Mizzou 14-14) both teams have a few talented players that were worth seeing, including Mizzou centerfielder Ryan Lollis who has twice been taken in the 20th round of the MLB draft and Mizzou catcher Trevor Coleman, a second team all-Big 12 player and the Louisville Slugger freshman of the year in 2007.

The most impressive performance, though, probably came from MU's switch-hitting rightfielder
  • photo by Keegan Hamilton


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