Player of the Week
Dane Opel - Freshman - Edwardsville, Ill.
Mizzou freshman Dane Opel finished the Tigers' weekend series with Baylor with a .583 (7-for-12) average with three doubles, one home runs and five RBI. Opel had two hits in each of the first two games of the weekend, including hitting his second home run of the year in the opener. He was 3-for-5 in Sunday's series finale, with all three hits being doubles. He is the first Tiger to record a three-double game since Brad Flanders in 2008. Opel drove in three runs and scored twice in game three. When you add it last week's two midweek contests with Purdue, Opel had a .625 average on the week, with two home runs and nine RBI. Opel is hitting .317 on the year.
Pitcher of the Week
Nick Tepesch - Junior - Blue Springs, Mo.
Junior Nick Tepesch came within one out of recording his first career complete game in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader against Baylor. Tepesch turned in a career-long 8.2 innings pitched. He struck out five and allowed seven runs, only four of which were earned, on seven hits. In his last five starts, Tepesch has an ERA of 3.07, with 22 strikeouts and a .213 opponents' batting average.
While Opel was our selection for Player of the Week, senior Aaron Senne was a close runner up. Senne hit .550 over the five games of the past week, including one home run, three doubles and eight RBI. He has taken over the top spot on Mizzou's career doubles list with 59. That puts him three ahead of the previous record holder, Ryan Fry. Senne currently ranks fourth in career RBI (184), fifth in career hits (250) and eighth in career home runs (34).
The Tigers have a pair of midweek contest this week. First they will host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night in the final game of the current six-game homestand. On Wednesday, Mizzou will be at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to take on Illinois. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.