The Missouri Tigers baseball team defeated the North Dakota Fighting Sioux 17-5 Thursday evening.
The first score of the game came in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single by junior Jonah Schmidt. Schmidt finished the game 3-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Tigers scored again in the second inning with a one-run homerun by freshman Kale Gaden. Momentum halted a few batters later after left fielder Russell LaFleur hit into a double play and ended the inning.
North Dakota was held scoreless until the third inning when they was able to put one run on the board. But Missouri rallied back with a vengeance by scoring 11 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the third.
In that inning, Brett Nicholas had a two-run homerun, Michael Liberto a three RBI triple, and Schmidt a two RBI double. After three innings, the tigers were well ahead by a score of 13-1.
North Dakota scored later with two runs in the fourth, one in the sixth, and one in the ninth. Missouri added to their score with one run in the fourth, one in the seventh, and two in the eighth.
Missouri finished the game with 17 hits to North Dakota's eight. It was the most hits for the tigers since their 19-hit game against Texas Tech last April.
The tigers are now 8-6 on the year, while North Dakota falls to 1-7.
The two teams will meet up again for a doubleheader Friday and a game on Sunday at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo.