Sept. 25, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fresh off of its first-ever Big 12 Championship and its eighth NCAA Tournament Regional in 10 seasons, the Mizzou baseball program will open official fall practice this Thursday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers return several standouts from their Big 12 Championship team a season ago, including Friday night starter Rob Zastryzny (Corpus Christi, Texas), last year's home run leader Dane Opel (Edwardsville, Ind.) and last year's leader in batting average, Scott Sommerfeld (Manchester, Mo.).
Mizzou also brings back every-day players in center fielder Brannon Champagne (St. Charles, Mo.), Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) and infielder Michael McGraw (Newman, Ga.). Also, the Tiger freshman class of last year will be expected to take a larger role on this year's team. Players like Jake Ivory (St. Charles, Mo.) and Case Munson (St. Charles, Mo.) will also likely have expanded roles this season.
This Saturday, Mizzou will hold a professional scouts day and an intrasquad game at 1 p.m. The game is open to the public and fans are encouraged to get their first look at the team. Professional scouts will also be able to get a look at the Tigers as there are plenty of names on this year's team that project as draft picks over the next several seasons.
The annual Fall World Series has also been scheduled for Nov. 2-11 at Taylor Stadium. Times for the games have not yet been set, but be sure to check MUTigers.com for a complete schedule later in the fall. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.