Mizzou's lineup today:
While it's still early in the conference season, this series could be important for positioning in the conference standings come May. Baylor sits at 1-3 while Mizzou is at 1-2 in Big 12 play going into today's doubleheader.
Bottom 1—Baylor starter Shawn Tolleson gets off to a good start by striking out Mike Liberto and Eric Garcia before getting Aaron Senne to fly out to the left field warning track to end the inning.
Tolleson is a pretty good power pitcher, as he's racked up 47 strikeouts to just 16 walks in 32.0 innings coming into today's game. His 4.78 ERA isn't indicative of how good a pitcher he is—with the good fastball/slider combination he uses, he's a threat every time he takes the mound.
Top 2—Big inning for Baylor that all started with back-to-back walks by Eric Anderson to begin the inning. With those two walks on first and second, Tyler Collins hit a deep fly ball to left that Kale Gaden misplayed, allowing a run to score. That was followed by a three-run home run off the bat of Gregg Glime, his second of the year.
The runs didn't stop coming after that, though. With one out, Logan Vick belted a solo home run well over the right field wall to put Baylor up 5-0.
Anderson has tried to bust Baylor hitters inside so far, but he's missed the corners and fallen behind in a lot of counts. It's good to see him trying to go inside, but the results haven't been there for the freshman today.
Bottom 3—A two-out double by Mike Liberto broke up Tolleson's no-hitter and a two-out walk by Eric Garcia seemed to set up Aaron Senne to get Mizzou on the board. However, Senne grounded out to second on a 2-0 pitch to end the rally.
Mizzou isn't out of this game by any means—but Anderson can't afford to give up any more runs. Plus, with the way Tolleson has looked, it's going to be tough for Mizzou to get back into the game against him. Baylor has a pretty solid bullpen, too—but if Mizzou is going to get back into this game, it's probably going to be against Baylor's relievers.
Top 4—Nice 1-2-3 inning for Anderson that was punctuated by a diving catch in deep left field by Kale Gaden. Let's see if Mizzou can convert this little run of momentum into some offense in the bottom of the fourth.
Bottom 4—Bingo. Dane Opel hit a [wind-aided] solo home run that just cleared the right-field fence to put Mizzou on the board. It was Opel's second blast of the year.
Top 5—Anderson does a great job getting out of a jam. With runners at the corners and one out, Anderson struck out cleanup hitter Raynor Campbell looking and got Max Muncy to pop out to end the inning. Both Campbell and Muncy have an OPS (on-base + slugging percentage) above 1.000 and combined have hit 10 home runs this year, so that was no small accomplishment for Anderson.
Bottom 5—Mizzou strands two, but here's the good news: Tolleson is at 90 pitches. Baylor has someone warming up in the bullpen, so Mizzou may get a reprieve if he has to exit the game after only five or six innings.
Top 6—It hasn't been dominant, but Eric Anderson has done a great job rebounding from that five-run second. He's fired four straight scoreless innings since the second and has kept his team in the game, which is all Mizzou could have asked for after that second inning.
Bottom 6—Andreas Plackis leads off the inning with a single, Tolleson is pulled, and lefty Josh Turley enters the game for Baylor. Turley has 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 26.0 relief innings this year.
With one out and runners on first and second, Jonah Schmidt hit a pop up to shallow center. Baylor's second baseman, shortstop, and centerfielder converged on the ball but failed to make the catch. The play would have loaded the bases, however, an infield fly was called on the play, so Schmidt was out and neither runner could advance.
That call (which was not a bad call—the wind carried the ball out of the infield and the umpire had to make a call quickly) looked like it would kill Mizzou's rally in the inning. But a passed ball allowed Plackis and Brown to advance to into scoring position and Jesse Santo brought them both home with a two-out double down the left field line.
A two-out walk to Mike Liberto gave Eric Garcia a chance to really cut Mizzou's deficit. In an odd occurence, Turley threw ball one to Garcia and was pulled for Kolt Browder, who entered the game with a 1-0 count.
Garcia then drew a walk on a high 3-2 fastball to load the bases for Aaron Senne, who punched a 3-2 pitch through the left side of the infield for a game-tying two-run single.
Mizzou then took the lead when Brett Nichoas chopped a ball to shortstop Landis Ware, who threw high to first base. Nicholas ran into first baseman Max Muncy, who dropped the ball, allowing Garcia to score the go-ahead run.
Muncy looked to be in some pain after the collision, as he lay on the ground for about a minute after the play ended. However, he would stay in the game.
Plackis struck out to finally end the inning, but not before Mizzou sent 10 men to the plate en route to scoring five runs in the inning.
Top 7—Anderson's day is done as Zack Hardoin jogs in from the bullpen. Anderson threw six innings, allowing five runs—all of which came in the second. He did a great job holding Baylor at bay while Mizzou's offense worked its way back into the game.
Hardoin gave up a double, walk, and single to begin the inning and was pulled with nobody out and the bases loaded. Phil McCormick gave up a single to Joey Hainsfurther, but a great throw by Blake Brown—who moved to left when Brannon Champagne was inserted in center—got Logan Vick out at home. Still, Baylor tied the game at 6-6.
Ryan Clubb came in after McCormick gave up the game-tying single and gave up the go-ahead single to Raynor Campbell on a ground ball up the middle.
That put Baylor up 7-6. Max Muncy followed with a single of his own off Clubb to put Baylor up 8-6.
Baylor continued to pour it on when John Ringenberg ripped an RBI double on the first pitch he saw from Clubb to make it 9-6 Baylor. Clubb then intentionally walked Tyler Collins to load the bases with only one out.
Tyler Clark came in for Clubb and nearly put out the fire—but ulitmately didn't. He struck out Gregg Glime for the second out, but Landis Ware recorded his second double of the inning to bring home three runs and put Baylor up 12-6.
Top 8—Baylor's blown this one wide open. Eight runs cross the plate in the inning as Baylor takes a 20-6 lead over Mizzou. After taking a 6-5 lead, Missouri's bullpen has allowed 15 unanswered runs.
Zack Hardoin, Ryan Clubb, Tyler Clark, and Kelly Fick all likely won't be available out of the bullpen in game two, meaning Brad Buehler, Jeff Emens, and Phil McCormick (who only faced one batter in game one) all could see innings if Nick Tepesch can't go deep into the game.