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Mizzou baseball misses NCAA tournament

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Eight teams from the Southeastern Conference were selected for the NCAA baseball tournament, but as expected Missouri missed the field for the fifth straight season despite winning 36 games, the program’s most wins since 2008.

Under first-year coach Steve Bieser, the Tigers (36-23) ran off a 20-game winning streak from Feb. 18 to March 21, the second-longest win streak in team history but lost six of their first eight SEC series before winning the final two. Mizzou was 26-30 last season and 9-22 against SEC competition. 

Mizzou, the 10th seed in the SEC tournament, beat Texas A&M in the first-round single-elimination game but lost to Louisiana State and South Carolina. Mizzou’s 36 wins are more than 24 teams in the 64-team field, but with a low RPI ranking at No. 49, the Tigers needed to win a few more games in Hoover, Ala., to earn an at-large invitation. Mizzou last made an NCAA regional in 2012 when Tim Jamieson’s team won the Big 12 tournament and earned the league’s automatic berth.

Missouri State (40-17), the regular-season champions of the Missouri Valley Conference, eanred the No. 2 seed in the Fayetteville, Ark., regional and opens play against No. 3 seed Oklahoma State, the Big 12 tournament champion, on Friday. Arkansas, one of four SEC teams to host a regional, is the No. 1 seed in the regional and opens against No. 4 seed Oral Roberts.

LSU, the SEC tournament champion, also earned a national seed and will host a regional, along with Florida and Kentucky from the SEC. SEC teams Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt also made regionals. 

Missouri went 8-15 against teams that made the NCAA field. 

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