Monday, March 27, 2017

Changes made in this week's MSSU baseball schedule

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team has adjusted its midweek schedule with Central Oklahoma due to impending weather in the Joplin area.

Due to the forecast for Wednesday afternoon, the scheduled game between the Lions and the Bronchos has been pushed up to Tuesday afternoon with a first-pitch scheduled for 1 pm from Warren Turner Field.

Stay tuned to www.mssulions.com for any further changes should they occur.

MSSU golf in ninth after opening day of St Edward's Invitational

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Austin, Texas - The Missouri Southern Lions Men's Golf sits in ninth place after the opening day of the St. Edward's Invitational at the Onion Creek Country Club.

Junior Connor Neil started the day with a 1-over 71 with four birdies in the opening round and followed that performance up with a second round 4-under 66 that included five birdies and one bogey. Neil sits in third place in the individual medalist race with a day one total of 137. Senior Taylor Lansford carded a two round 145 (73-72) while fellow senior Cameron Hamilton tallied a 7-over 147 (71-76). Freshman Chase Rogers carded a two round 150 (75-75) and senior Phillip Roller rounded out the team scoring with a 153 (77-76).

Cameron University leads the team standings with a 555 (275-280) followed by Midwestern State (282-285) and Texas A&M International (291-276) at 567. Dallas Baptist sits in fourth at 568 (288-280) followed by the hosts 50th ranked St. Edward's (286-284) and 37th ranked St. Mary's (284-286) at 570 to round out the top five.

Seven through 13 goes 43rd ranked West Texas A&M (573), Texas A&M-Commerce (574), Southern, Oklahoma Christian (581), Lubbock Christian and Western New Mexico (588), and Rogers State (590).

Twenty-eighth ranked Hagen Barmassee of Rogers State and Dario Gabriel of Cameron lead the individual medalist race with a 4-under 136. Neil sits in third with a 137 and is followed by 22nd ranked Joaquain Arguelles of Dallas Baptist and Devin Tovey of Cameron round out the top five with a 2-under 138.

The final round will take place Tuesday morning with an 8:30 a.m. shot gun start. Southern will be paired with West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Commerce. Live results will be at mssulions.com.

Pittsburg State hires former Mizzou Coach Kim Anderson

(From Pittsburg State University Athletics)

Pittsburg State University officials formally introduced Kim Anderson as the school's 15th head men's basketball coach today at a Press Conference/Welcome Event at John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court.

Anderson's first day on the job at Pitt State will be April 10.

Anderson, 61, comes to Pittsburg State after serving the past three seasons as head basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Missouri. He has a 301-162 (.650) career collegiate coaching record.

Prior to his assignment at Mizzou, Anderson coached 12 seasons at MIAA rival University of Central Missouri, leading the Mules to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship as well as two additional Division II Final Four appearances (2007, 2009) while compiling a 274-95 (.743) record at the school.

Anderson led UCM to seven trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and seven 20-win seasons. In his final season with the Mules he guided the squad to a 30-5 overall record and the D2 national title. His Mules teams captured six MIAA regular season titles (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) and four MIAA Tournament titles (2005, 2007, 2009, 2013). He was selected the MIAA Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2010, and the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 2014.

Anderson also spent three years as the Big 12 Conference's Assistant Commissioner/Men's Basketball, directing the officiating program and postseason tournament, and 17 seasons as an assistant coach at Mizzou (1983-85 & 1992-99) and Baylor (1986-91) under former Pitt State head coach Gene Iba.

A native of Sedalia, Mo., Anderson played basketball at the University of Missouri from 1973-77 under legendary coach Norm Stewart. He was a first-team All-Big Eight selection as a senior in 1977 as well as the Big Eight co-Player of the Year that season.

Following his collegiate playing career, Anderson went on to be drafted in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, playing 21 games for the late Dr. Jack Ramsey during the 1978-79 season. He later completed his professional playing career in Italy and France until returning to assist the Tigers in 1982.

Anderson is a member of numerous Hall of Fames around the state of Missouri. He was inducted into the University of Missouri Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield in 2005 as a student-athlete. He was later inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments in 2012. In 2006 he was named to the Mizzou Basketball All-Century Team in a fan vote. Most recently, he was honored to the MIAA's Hall of Fame in 2015.

Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in education (BSed) from Mizzou in 1979 and a master's of science degree (MS) in education from the school in 1981.

Anderson and his wife of 39 years, Melissa, have two sons, Ryan, an Assistant Sports Information Director at North Dakota State University, and Brett, who recently was hired as Team Administrator/External Operations/Ticket Sales at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Ressel named MSSU women's basketball coach

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern Athletics Director Jared Bruggeman has announced that interim women's basketball head coach Ronnie Ressel will continue to lead the program.

"Coach Ressel has proven that he has the coaching skills, dedication, work ethic and strong relationship with the student-athletes, administration, coaches and staff during a challenging year plagued with injuries," said Bruggeman. "We are pleased to announce that he will continue to lead the program."

Coach Ressel spent last season as the interim head coach for the women's basketball program following three years as the associate head coach. During his time on the women's basketball sidelines the Lions have advanced to four straight MIAA Post-Season tournaments. Coach Ressel has also coached a three-time All-MIAA selection in Sharese Jones and a two-time All-MIAA selection in Deb Holcomb.

"Extremely honored and excited about the opportunity to lead the women's basketball program here at Missouri Southern.," said Ressel. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman and President Marble for this opportunity. This is a dream come true for me to come back to my alma mater and be the head coach".

Prior to moving over to the women's basketball staff, Coach Ressel was an assistant coach for the men's program under Robert Corn for 11 years. In those 11 years with the Lions, Ressel helped the team to a 204-145 record, including 11-straight appearances in the MIAA Postseason Tournament. The Lions played in the conference tournament title game in 2005 and again in 2011. He was elevated to the position of men's Associate Head Coach in 2010-11, and was instrumental with his help in development of the guards and overall program at Southern. Former Lion Skyler Bowlin was the MIAA's Player and Defender of the Year in 2011, and was a four-time member of the MIAA's All-Defensive team. He is the Lions' all-time leader in three-pointers and ranks fourth all-time in scoring and second in free-throw percentage. He was selected to three different All-American teams, while being named All-Region and the Region Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for National Player of the Year.

At Rend Lake College, Ressel produced a record of 118-92 and was named Great Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1996. A year later, Ressel led Rend Lake to a GRAC co-championship.

Also during his stint at Rend Lake, he served as assistant softball coach and coordinator of the Rend Lake Fitness Center. Since 1997, he had served as Region 24 Women's Basketball Division I Committee Chairman.

Prior to taking over Rend Lake's women's program, he served as assistant men's basketball coach from 1992-95 after serving one season as a student assistant for Lions head coach Robert Corn in 1991-92.

Ressel enjoyed his share of success throughout his playing and coaching careers. A two-year letterman at Missouri Southern, he averaged 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He led the Lions in assists in both the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons and was awarded the Don Gross Leadership Award following his senior campaign.

Southern baseball bangs out 17 hits in 10-5 win over Washburn

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team banged out 17 hits and ten runs en route to a 10-5 win over Washburn Sunday to take the series over the Ichabods.

The Lions (19-11, 11-5 MIAA) were led by a 4-5 performance from Tyler Sutherland as he had a single in his first four at-bats. Sutherland drove in one run and scored three times. Brett Graham went 3-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Max Hogan and Joe Paulino had three hits each with Paulino driving in two and scoring once. Danny Biggs had two hits, an RBI and a run, while Richie Gorski scored twice.

Washburn (16-11, 8-8 MIAA) got a 3-4 day from Tanner Triggs as he scored twice.

The Ichabods scored a run in the top of the first, but the Lions answered back with five in the bottom half of the inning. Sutherland started the inning off with a hit, while Biggs and Hogan followed suit, with Hogan driving in Sutherland. Graham singled home Biggs, while Million drove in both Graham and Gorski. Paulino added an RBI single scoring Million to end the scoring.

The Lions added a run in the second with an RBI single from Graham, but Washburn answered back with two in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-3. Southern, however, added four runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 10-3. Paulino, Sutherland, Biggs and Graham all had RBIs in the inning.

Washburn added two more in the sixth, but wouldn't get any closer.

The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday when Southern plays host to Central Oklahoma. First pitch from Warren Turner Field is slated for 3 pm.

MSSU softball drops pair to Pitt State

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Pittsburg, Kan. - The Missouri Southern Softball Lions dropped both non-conference games at Pittsburg State Sunday afternoon at the PSU Softball Complex.

Game One
Game one was scoreless heading into the fifth before Southern struck first. Junior Myranda Stewart led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from red-shirt sophomore Bailey Skelton. With two outs, senior Sarah Morrison singled back to the pitcher to move Stewart to third before junior Abi Corbett singled back up the middle to score Stewart and make it 1-0. Pittsburg State made a pitching change following a wild pitch that moved Morrison to third and the new Gorilla pitcher walked sophomore Ashley Caldarella to load the bases. After loading the bases, sophomore Angel Badalamenti was struck by a 1-2 pitch to score Morrison and give Southern the 2-0 lead headed into the bottom of the fifth.

The Gorillas led off the home half with a solo home run down the left field line followed by a walk to force a Missouri Southern pitching change. PSU scored four more times after the pitching change to make it 5-2 after five innings of play. Pittsburg State added one more in the sixth inning to make the final score 6-2.

The Lions managed just five hits in the opener with Corbett collecting two of them and her second triple in as many days. Senior Sydney Koch got the start inside the circle for the Lions going four innings, she faced two batters in the fifth, allowing two runs on four hits. Sophomore Taurean Guzman pitched two innings in relief and suffered the loss allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits with a strike out.

Game Two
Southern also struck first in the "night cap" of the non-conference double header with a pair of runs in the first inning that came on a single to center by freshman Emily Harris. Harris' single scored Badalamenti, singled to second base, and freshman Elizabeth Windsor, reached on an error by the shortstop. Pittsburg State cut the early lead in half in the home part of the inning on a RBI double to center.

The score stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Pittsburg State scored on a seeing eye single through the left side of the Missouri Southern infield to make it 2-2.

The Lions regained the lead in the top of the fifth that started with a lead off double from Stewart. Stewart was sacrificed over by Harris and scored on a single to right center by freshman Erika Lutgen. A double to center by sophomore Kylie Wesbrooks scored Lutgen and a sacrifice back to the pitcher by Morrison scored Caldarella, who reached on a fielding error by the Gorilla third baseman, to make it 5-2.

Pittsburg State made it 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth with their second lead off home run of the day and scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 9-5 win.

Southern collected 12 hits in the second game with two each coming from Lutgen and Morrison and three from Wesbrooks. Harris tallied two of the five RBIs for the Lions while Stewart and Lutgen each had a double and Wesbrooks had a pair.

Freshman Mikaela Cox got the start for Southern in game two and went five and a third innings allowing all nine runs on 11 hits. Koch pitched two-thirds in relief holding the Gorillas to just one hit.

Up Next
Southern will resume MIAA play this weekend with a road trip to Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney. Friday's games against FHSU are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and Saturday's contests at UNK have a scheduled start of noon.

MSSU golfers head to Austin for two-day tournament

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Austin, Texas - The Missouri Southern Men's Golf Team concludes their Spring Break road trip with a two day tournament at the St. Edward's Invitational at the Onion Creek Country Club.

The Lions are coming off a their fourth best round of the season, 295, in the final round of the Broncho Invitational at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. The five player for Southern will be the same with seniors Taylor Lansford, Cameron Hamilton, and Phillp Roller joined by junior Connor Neil and freshman Chase Rogers.

Neil is averaging 75.3 per round in his 16 rounds this season and was Southern's highest finisher at the Broncho Invitational, tied for 12th. Lansford is scoring 74.2 per round and is coming off his second lowest finish of the season. Hamilton is making his second spring appearance and has a 76.0 scoring average and finished the Broncho Invitational in a tie for 35th. Rogers is making his seventh appearance this season and has a scoring average of 77.6 in 14 rounds of play. Roller is making just his third appearance, second as a squad member, for the Lions and has his third lowest round in the final round at the Broncho Invitational last week.

The Onion Creek Country Club is a 6,530 yard par 70 course in Austin, Texas. Joining the Lions at the St. Edward's Invitational are the host Hilltoppers, St. Mary's (Texas), Dallas Baptist, Western New Mexico, West Texas A&M, Texas A&M International, Texas A&M-Commerce, Cameron, Oklahoma Christian, Rogers State, Lubbock Christian, Midwestern State, and Texas State.

About Onion Creek (from onioncreekclub.com)
Onion Creek Club is one of the most historic clubs in the Central Texas area, established in 1974 by Austin native Jimmie Connolly and Legendary Golfer Jimmy Demaret. Jimmy Demaret is quoted as saying "Nature put it here, all I did was manicure it". Jimmy Demaret had the vision to let the lay of the land dictate the course layout, and with that simple understanding of course design created a beautiful and challenging course that top professionals to beginners enjoy to this day.

In the mid 90's Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore lent a hand in shaping an additional nine to complete the twenty seven hole layout as we know it today. Onion Creek Club has had quite a history and is known for the "Birthplace of the Senior Tour" back in 1979 the first "Legends of Golf" was held at Onion Creek Club and the rest is history. Onion Creek Club also hosted three LPGA Tour Events 1999, 2000, and 2001. Today Onion Creek is a host site for the UIL State Championships, numerous junior competitions, and a qualifying site for the Men's U.S. Open.

Live Results for the St. Edward's Invitational can be found HERE or by logging on to mssulions.com.