Feb 13, 2020 7:18 AM

St. Joseph Mustangs release 2020 schedule

Posted Feb 13, 2020 7:18 AM

ST. JOSEPH, MO. — The reigning 2019 MINK League Champions St. Joseph Mustangs’ 2020 season will kick off against the Chillicothe Mudcats on May 27th, 2020.

"Opening Night has turned into a festive event in our community," Mustangs general manager Ky Turner said. "Mustangs Baseball and post game fireworks-Opening Night on May 27th is the official kick off into summer. Our players are excited to return for Phil Welch experience, and our incredible home crowds. It’s such a fun atmosphere that we’ve been looking forward to since last season ended."

St. Joe's collegiate summer baseball team will welcome two new teams to the MINK League and Phil Welch Stadium this year, the Chanute (KS) Hoots and Des Moines (IA) Prospects. “There’s a lot of interest in the MINK League among communities, and we’re excited to add two great organizations,” noted Turner, who also serves as the MINK League President. Several traditions will continue in 2020, including honoring the armed forces with two home games on July 3 and July 4. Both games will feature post game fireworks.

One notable change to the schedule is the Mustangs Alumni game. “When we add more teams to the league, we also add more league games to the schedule. We really enjoy seeing some of our Mustangs legends from the past at Phil Welch, and we’ll now play the Alumni team every other year as a result of the league expansion. We will continue with a special night to host and recognize those players in the years we don’t match up on the field,” said Turner.

The 2020 season features one doubleheader at Phil Welch Stadium, against the Chillicothe Mudcats on June 12.

Excitement is all around, noted Turner. “We’ve had some great players come through the gates of Phil Welch, and Coach Coy is excited about the group for 2020. Our season ticket sales are very strong, and we’ve already sold out a number of group areas and sponsorships for 2020. The community support we see in St. Joseph is second to none. We’re working on some fun new surprises to the game day experience in 2020.”

In all, the Mustangs will play 27 home games at Phil Welch Stadium in 2020. The Mustangs finished the 2019 season averaging a record 2,469 fans per game, ranking 9th nationally.

Mustangs coach Johnny Coy will return for his third season, winning the teams 6th MINK League Title in 2019.

Season tickets for 2020 are available by visiting Phil Welch Stadium or calling 816-279-STJO (7856).  Click here to view the entire 2020 schedule.

--- Mustangs Press Release ---

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No. 3 KU scores final 9 points to beats No. 14 West Virginia 58-49

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kansas caught West Virginia in a rare late lapse at home.

Devon Dotson scored 11 of his 15 points after halftime, Isaiah Moss had seven of his 13 points during a second-half burst and the third-ranked Jayhawks finished the game with a 9-0 run to beat the 14th-ranked Mountaineers 58-49 on Wednesday night.

Kansas (21-3, 10-1 Big 12) won for the ninth straight time and remains a game behind first-place Baylor.

"This was not artistic at all," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "It was a grind-it-out, tough road win that you have sometimes when you're going through your second round of conference (play). That was a really good road win for us."

West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) fell flat in the end after leading by as many as nine points in each half and lost at home for the first time this season.

West Virginia has the Big 12's best defense in terms of field-goal percentage, but it was Kansas that hunkered down on defense when it mattered. Kansas' Marcus Garrett had four of his five steals over the final seven minutes.

"He just took guys with the game on the line and had three steals in a row on three consecutive possessions," Self said. "He's unbelievable defensively. I thought he controlled the game on that end."

West Virginia is stumbling after rising as high as No. 12 in the AP Top 25 last month. It has lost two straight with another big test coming up Saturday at No. 1 Baylor.

Several turnovers and poor shot choices by West Virginia allowed Kansas to forge ahead for good. The Mountaineers scored just one point and failed to hit a field goal over the final six minutes.

In the key final minutes, Kansas "got the loose balls," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "Every ball that got tipped in the air on a rebound, they got. They beat us to the ball."

The Jayhawks had lost in five of their previous seven trips to Morgantown. Moss said the Jayhawks knew this one was going to be another tough test.

"We just had to lock in," Moss said.

It took some time, but Moss and Kansas finally did.

Moss made four free throws and a 3-pointer in the span of 1:10 to put Kansas ahead 54-49 with 4:42 remaining. Dotson hit four free throws in the final 2 minutes to complete the scoring.

"We won the game, but I don't know if we would have won unless Isaiah was in the game," Self said. "He really helped us."

West Virginia held a significant rebounding advantage and dominated the offensive glass in both of its meetings with Kansas. The Jayhawks made the most of a season-low 45 shot attempts Wednesday.

After the two previous games, Huggins criticized his young team, which includes a freshman and three sophomore starters, for lacking motivation, the proper attitude and attention to coaching instructions.

The Mountaineers came out strong in the first half Wednesday but were held to their lowest point production of the season. For the second time in three games they committed 19 turnovers and shot below 32% from the floor.

"I would hope that as they mature and get better and go through the grind, I would hope that they would respond and get tougher, be more active, guard better, pass better," Huggins said.

Freshman Oscar Tshiebwe held Kansas 7-footer Udoka Azubuike to nine points and seven rebounds, both under his season averages. But Tshiebwe, who led the Mountaineers with 14 points and nine rebounds, was limited to two points after halftime. West Virginia's Jordan McCabe tied a season high with 10 points.

"We know the things we need to do better," McCabe said. "That's our job, to get right back at it tomorrow."

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: The Jayhawks earned a hard-to-get win in Morgantown and have taken eight of the last nine meetings against the Mountaineers.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers are in danger of losing a very high seeding in the NCAA Tournament. Last week, the NCAA penciled in West Virginia as a No. 2 seed.

STUCK ON 878

Huggins missed another chance to tie North Carolina's Dean Smith for sixth among Division I coaches with 879 victories.

UP NEXT

Kansas hosts Oklahoma on Saturday. The Jayhawks beat the Sooners 66-52 on Jan. 14 in Norman, Oklahoma.

West Virginia has its first matchup of the season with Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The Mountaineers have dropped three straight on the road.

--- Associated Press ---