March 5, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou won its first home series of the year by winning the final two contests of a three-game set against Ball State. After losing the Friday night game 5-2, the Tigers responded by tallying 24 runs over the next two contests while surrendering only seven. Missouri was able to win the series behind the standout performances of junior outfielder Blake Brown, freshman first baseman Landon Lucansky, and junior pitcher Blake Holovach.
Player of the Week- Blake Brown
Brown had an outstanding series while playing in two of the three games. In his first game on Saturday, Brown launched a three run bomb over the left-field fence while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. He scored three runs in the contest after walking once and hitting a solid double to left-center field. He also registered two putouts in the game. On Sunday, Brown went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI single. He also walked in a run in the eighth inning when the Tigers stretched the lead from 5-2 to 9-2.
Newcomer of the Week- Landon Lucansky
Lucansky had a breakout series against Ball State, driving in five runs in the three-game series. Among Lucansky's RBI were the only two of game one for Missouri. His final numbers at the plate were 3-for-11 in the series, but he added a very valuable glove at first base for the Tigers in the field. Lucansky ran up 24 put-outs, and added an assist in game one after throwing out a runner who tried to advance to third from first on a sacrifice bunt.
Pitcher of the Week- Blake Holovach
Holovach made the most of his first career start for the Tigers in game three. He threw five innings of nearly perfect baseball, giving up just three hits and one walk through the duration of his start. He picked up the win while leading a strong defensive effort, racking up a career-high eight strikeouts and adding an assist.