There seems to be a pattern forming for the Missouri baseball team in Big 12 Conference play. In each of the first three series of the league schedule, the Tigers have dropped the first to games before winning the series finale. Last weekend, Mizzou fell to Oklahoma 6-4 on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday, before picking up a 12-11 win Sunday. Our Player of the Week this week is putting together one of the best individual seasons in recent history at Missouri. Senior Aaron Senne has a 16-game hitting streak and leads the Big 12 Conference with a .460 average on the year.
Player of the Week
Aaron Senne - Senior - Rochester, Minn.
In Mizzou's five games of the past week, senior Aaron Senne hit .609 (14-for-23), with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI. He had a .533 average in the three-game series against Oklahoma over the weekend. Senne, who now has a 16-game hitting streak intact, had multiple hits in all five games of last week and has had three hits in five of the last six games. Senne was 3-for-4 in both of the Tigers' midweek games against SIUE and Illinois. He again recorded a three-hit game in the opener of the OU series. On Saturday, Senne homered in his first at-bat and added a single in the fourth inning. He closed the week by going 3-for-5 with four RBI. He doubled in the third and singled in the fifth, then hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to break an 11-11 tie and carry Missouri to the 12-11 victory. On the year, Senne is hitting .460 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 38 RBI.
Pitcher of the Week
Phil McCormick - Junior - Wildwood, Mo.
Junior Phil McCormick pitched in three of Missouri's five games last week. He did not allow a run in 2.1 innings pitched. He picked up a victory, his fourth of the year, with 1.2 innings pitched against Illinois last Wednesday, with 1.2 scoreless innings pitched. That was his second-straight appearance in which he recorded a victory. Against Illinois, McCormick was the first MU reliever out of the bullpen and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Mizzou took the lead in the third inning while McCormick was still the pitcher of record. In his four wins, McCormick has pitched a total of just 3.1 innings. He has not allowed a run in any of those games. His first victory came on Feb. 21 against New Mexico State. McCormick faced just one batter in that game, forcing a double play to end the top of the 10th inning. The Tigers then scored the game-winning run in the bottom half of that inning to give McCormick the win. His second win came on March 13 against Xavier, when he faced three batters and got two outs in the top of the eighth before the Tigers broke the tie with a pair of runs in their half of the eighth inning. On April 4, McCormick faced just two batters and got the final out of the top of the seventh inning. Missouri then scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a lead and go onto victory.
Mizzou has a midweek contest in Springfield, Mo. on Wednesday against Missouri State. First pitch at Hammons Field is set for 6:30 p.m. The Tigers are back at Taylor Stadium this weekend for a three-game series with Oklahoma State, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's game will start at 3 p.m. (Note the special time due to the football Black & Gold Game) and Sunday's game will get underway at 1 p.m.