After winning eight of last 11, Tigers continue SEC play at #14 Ole Miss
Tigers and Panthers will meet for first time since 2006.
Premier pitching matchup will be featured Friday night.
Tigers will host Braves in final series before SEC play.
A preseason All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America and the Louisville Slugger team chosen by Collegiate Baseball ... The preseason All-America honors were a first in Missouri history ... Preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... Reigning all-Big 12 shortstop ... Dominant closer ... Already emerged as a Missouri great in his two seasons with the Tigers ... Will again serve as MU?s shortstop and closer ... An outstanding hitter and two-time All-American ... Possesses a great combination of offensive, defensive and pitching skills ... Appeared in all but one game in career ... Currently has a streak of 85 straight starts ... Ranks third all-time in saves Missouri with 12.
2000: Named third-team All-American by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association ... A first-team all-Big 12 shortstop ... Set school record with 12 saves, seven coming in conference play ... Also posted a 3-1 mark with a 3.62 ERA ... Hit .353 with eight home runs and 57 RBI ... Led the Tigers in RBI, hits (79), doubles (22), triples (3), total bases (131), games started (57), total plate appearances (268) and saves ... Only Missouri player to start and play in all 57 games ... Had four four-hit games ... Went 3-for-5 with six RBI vs. Western Illinois (3/1), setting a Big 12 Conference record for RBI in an inning as all six RBI came in the first inning ... Went 9-for-15 with three runs scored, three doubles, a RBI and a save during the Texas Tech series ... Went 4-for-4 with four RBI vs. Southeast Missouri State (3/8) ... While playing in the Cape Cod League, a wooden bat collegiate league, led Harwich Mariners in doubles and RBI ... Also ranked among team?s leaders in batting average ... Played in 40 of 44 games, mainly at third base ... Homered in League?s All-Star contest ... Named team?s most valuable player in that game.
1999: A Collegiate Baseball Magazine Freshman All-American ... An honorable mention choice to the all-Big 12 team ... Recorded 11 multi-RBI games and led team with 12 home runs ... Also led team by getting hit with 15 pitches ... Hit nine home runs in team?s first 19 games ... Started 55 of the Tigers? 56 games ... In four consecutive games vs. Southern Mississippi, Notre Dame, Southern Illinois and New Orleans, went 9-for-18 with four HR, 12 RBI, three doubles and eight runs scored to earn Big 12 player of the week honors ... Went 3-for-5 with six RBI and a grand slam vs. Jacksonville State (4/3) ... Hit two home runs, drove in three runs and scored four runs in three games vs. Nebraska (4/23-25) ... Made three pitching appearances and retired nine of the 10 batters he faced ... Appeared against Westminster (4/20), Fontbonne (5/13) and Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament (5/22) ... An academic All-Big 12 selection.
High School: A three-time all-conference selection and two-time first-team all-state and all-metro performer at Liberty HS ... Posted a .474 batting average with six home runs, 20 RBI and a slugging percentage of .908 as a senior ... Enjoyed a solid pitching career with 19 wins and an ERA of under 2.20 ... A three-time all-conference performer in basketball and a member of the 1998 undefeated Class 2A state champions.
Personal: Son of Kenny and Sheryl Stegall ... Born on Nov. 13, 1979 ... Majoring in hotel and restaurant management.
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