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Missouri coach Steve Bieser doesn’t seem to be the type who’s into mottos, but if there was one for the Tigers as fall workouts progress, it might just be “Finish the job”.
You see, the Tigers had plenty of reasons for optimism entering SEC play last year. They opened the Bieser era with a loss to Eastern Michigan. Mizzou won the final two games of that series against EMU and didn’t lose again until a Friday night loss to Arkansas to begin Southeastern Conference play.
The Tigers were 20-1 before that game against the Razorbacks. They were ranked in the D1Baseball Top 25. They were living high on the hog, or so they thought. But the Tigers would lose that series and get swept at home by eventual national champion Florida the next weekend to begin league play 1-5.
They never truly fully recovered, finishing SEC play with a losing record and failing to make the NCAA postseason after ending the season with an RPI in the 50s. There were many good things about last season for the Tigers, but as always is the case with teams from the SEC, it’s all about getting to the NCAA tourney.
So, the Tigers move forward this fall hoping to end that hiatus with some returning pieces, but also with plenty of fresh faces.
“Considering we have 20 new faces, I think things have gone very well. We have a lot of guys adapting to our program from junior colleges and high schools, so they’re getting used to the speed and pace of the game,” Bieser said. “It was a little intimidating early for those guys, but they’ve really come on over the course of the past few weeks. They’re beginning to hit their strides.
“One of the things I’ve really seen early is that we’re better offensively,” he continued. “Then, on the mound, losing Tanner Houck and Cole Bartlett is tough. It’s tough to replace those guys, but we have some guys starting to settle into some important roles. And it’s always interesting to see some of the new guys.”
Let’s take a deep dive into the Tigers this fall:
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