Today's lineup for Missouri:
MU is coming off a 9-0 win over UA-PB yesterday—Missouri's third consecutive shutout. Blake Brown and Aaron Senne homered in the win.
Expect Tim Jamieson to employ a "Johnny Wholestaff" strategy today, getting anywhere from, say, six to 10 pitchers work. It'll be interesting to see if he gets Aaron Blunt or Zack Hardoin innings, as they—along with Jeff Scardino, who thew five shutout innings yesterday—are in the mix for a spot in Missouri's weekend rotation.
All photos used in this post were taken by JJ Stankevitz, KMOV.com.
Top 1—UAPB gets on the board early on a double by leadoff hitter Brandon Maddoy and subsequent groundouts to get him to third and home plate to put UAPB up 1-0.
Maddoy (10) is congradulated by teammates after scoring the game's first run.
Bottom 1—That was one of the ugliest innings I've seen a team have in a long time. Missouri scored seven times on just two hits—six walks and two hit batsmen were issued in the inning. UAPB starter Brad Tarter issued six of those in just 0.2 innings.
First inning photos:
Brad Buehler delivers a pitch in the top of the first.
Barry McDonley fouls a pitch off.
A foul ball off the bat of Blake Brown sits half-submerged in cememt down the first base line at Taylor Stadium. Construction crews are resurfacing the area between the visitor's dugout and bullpen during the game, and Brown's foul ball was the second ball to land in the wet cement.
Brett Nicholas is hit by a Brad Tarter pitch in the bottom of the first. Tarter walked six and hit one batter in 0.2 innings of work.
Blake Brown scores in the bottom of the first.
Jeremy Tarter struggled mightily in the game.
Andreas Plackis takes a ball low and outside from Tarter.
Tarter, who entered the game with 10 walks in 5.2 innings, now has 16 walks in 6.1 innings this year.
Eric Garcia grounds an RBI single through the left side.
Jonah Schmidt is thrown out at home trying to score a second run on Garcia's single.
Bottom 2—Missouri plates two more runs to push the score to 9-1. I'm guessing UAPB really isn't this bad of a team, but depth-wise, their weekday pitchers are nowhere near the level of those Missouri has.
Bottom 3—Four more Missouri runs cross the plate to push the score to 13-1. This one could get even more out of hand with five more trips to the plate for MU coming down the pipe—even if Tim Jamieson decides to put in the second line of the depth chart.
Bottom 4—Jonah Schmidt's three-run blast put Missouri up 16-2, a two-run double by Jesse Santo made it 18-2, a three-run home run by Aaron Senne made it 21-2, and a two-run single by Schmidt (his fourth and fifth RBIs of the inning) pushed the score to 23-2. Yikes.
Brett Nicholas gets hit by a pitch for the third time in the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Schmidt connects on his home run that put Missouri up 16-2 in the fourth.
Schmidt is congradulated by Eric Garcia (10), Andreas Plackis (55), and Brett Nicholas (11) after his home run.
Sulaymaan Muhammad delivers during Missouri's 10-run bottom of the fourth.
Top 5—Buehler's day is done (four innings, two runs), and in to the game comes Aaron Blunt. Stay tuned to see how deep into the game Blunt goes—I'd have to assume his appearance today will be traded like a bullpen session (i.e. one or two innings), but if he goes longer than that he probably won't start over the weekend against A&M.
Bottom 5—A Blake Brown double that scored Andrew Thigpen ensures that Missouri will score a run in at least the first five innings of the game. A RBI single by Garrison McLagan brought the second run of the inning home.
On a side note, Pace—who entered the game in the fourth and was pulled in the fifth for UAPB—is making his first appearance as a pitcher this year (according to the stat sheet given by UAPB, which apparently is missing four games, so he actually may have pitched in one of those). He's one of UAPB's better batters, hitting at a .333/.390/.444 clip this year.
And Pace was just pulled for Kenneth Upshaw, another player who hasn't appeared in a game according to UAPB's stats.
It's 25-2 Missouri with only one out in the inning.
Top 6—A look at Missouri's top run totals over the last few years:
2010: 17 (twice—Feb. 20 vs. Washington, March 18 vs. North Dakota)
2009: 19 (April 1 vs. Saint Louis at Busch Stadium)
2008: 31 (April 11 vs. Texas), 22 (May 17 vs. Nebraska)
2007: 19 (March 14 vs. Saint Louis)
2006: 22 (March 11 vs. Purdue)
2005: 25 (twice—Feb. 25 vs. Navy, April 1 vs. Texas Tech), 21 (March 19 vs. North Dakota State)
2004: 21 (March 21 vs. Chicago State)
2003: 30 (March 6 vs. Truman State), 23 (April 19 vs. Baylor)
2002: 20 (March 6 vs. William Woods)
2001: 14 (April 1 vs. Texas Tech)
2000: 16 (twice—February 25 vs. Texas Tech, April 4 vs. St. Louis)
So right now, at 27 runs, Missouri already has scored the third-most runs in any single game since 2000. According to Matt Nestor of the Columbia Tribune and MUTigers.com, the most runs Missouri has ever scored in a game was 35, that coming in 1902 vs. William Jewell. That wasn't even in the live ball era. Wow.
Eric Anderson also threw a shutout frame in the sixth, so both he and Blunt have worked scoreless innings today.
Bottom 6—A two-out single by Andre Rodriguez gives Missouri a run in its sixth consecutive inning and pushes the score to 28-2. If Missouri can score four runs in the next two innings, they'll have scored more runs than the team did in the ridiculous windstorm game vs. Texas in 2008.
Bottom 7—Missouri fails to score in an inning for the first time today.
Top 8—After Neil Hugenberg got the third out of the inning, the game was called with Missouri winning by a whooping: 28-2. It was the third-highest run total for any Missouri game since 2000.