April 5, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - This week, MUTigers.com continues to take a closer look at the top performers from the last week of baseball. Mizzou stopped in San Marcos, Texas, for a quick game against Texas State before finishing the weekend in Austin for a three-game series against the Longhorns. The Tigers went 1-3 on the weekend, topping Texas State 3-2 in 11 innings and dropping all three games to Texas.
Senior Jonah Schmidt and sophomore Dane Opel were hot at the plate last week, earning this week's Co-Player of the Week nod. Senior southpaw Phil McCormick was also a standout for the Tigers this weekend as he continues to lead the team and Big 12 conference in appearances on the mound.
Co-Player of the Week: Jonah Schmidt
Jonah Schmidt, 6-3 senior out of St. Louis, Mo., came out swinging a hot bat on Friday against Texas. UT's starting pitcher, Taylor Jungmann, was given a run for his money as Schmidt launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The homer makes Schmidt the first and only player to hit a home run off of the Longhorn ace this season.
In 20 at-bats last week, Schmidt knocked seven hits and he is now the fifth-ranked player in the Big 12 Conference with a .650 slugging percentage during league play. He had a team-leading .300 batting average against Texas, boasting a double and a homerun on the series.
Co-Player of the Week: Dane Opel
Another Tiger that was swinging a hot bat against Texas was sophomore Dane Opel. The Edwardsville, Ill., native led the team at the plate on Sunday as he went 2-4 with a double and a triple. Opel's triple in the second inning of Sunday's game marks his first of the season.
Opel boasted a team-leading .364 batting average on the week as well as a .727 slugging percentage over the past four games. He also led the team in on-base percentage for the week with a .462 clip.
Pitcher of the Week: Phil McCormick
Senior lefty Phil McCormick stepped out on the mound for his team and conference leading 17th appearance this weekend. He holds a record of 3-1 on the season with two saves. He also sits at fifth in the conference for his .200 opponent batting average.
Coming to Mizzou out of Wildwood, Mo., McCormick has proved essential for the Tiger bullpen so far this season. In Thursday's win over Texas State, he threw 20 strikes out of 27 pitches. In the eighth inning he kept Mizzou in the game striking out the side in order as well as 1-3 groundout for the second out. McCormick threw 3.1 innings on Sunday against UT and allowed only two earned runs.
McCormick made three appearances on the weekend and pitched 6.2 innings. He boasts a 2.70 ERA on the week.