Behind a fantastic "Johnny Wholestaff" performance and some timely hitting, Missouri knocked off Illinois 7-4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Wednesday night.
Not phased by the major-league setting or use of wood bats, freshman Blake Brown picked up two hits with a walk and an RBI while senior Aaron Senne added three hits, a walk, and an RBI of his own to pace MU's offense.
However, Brown addmited he was a little bit awestruck by the setting for the game.
"It's awesome. It's one of the best experiences you could ask for," Brown said after the game. "Getting to stand in the same box as Albert Pujols, getting to roam center field like that, it's awesome."
After a not-so-awesome performance over the weekend against Baylor, MU's relief corps put together 7.2 shutout innings after starter Zack Hardoin allowed four runs in 1.1 innings of work.
Phil McCormick worked 1.2 scoreless innings before Brad Buehler, Ryan Clubb, Kelly Fick, Tyler Clark, Aaron Blunt, and Jeff Emens worked scoreless innings of their own.
"Hopefully it gives them a little boost of confidence," coach Tim Jamieson said regarding his bullpen's performance Wednesday night. "But I don't think they were too rattled [against Baylor]. They're all pretty secure, they're all pretty confident. But anything you can add to that going into a conference weekend is a plus."
Check out the video below for more of Jamieson's postgame comments:
Note: the first question is in reference to Brad Buehler possibly making a start against Oklahoma this weekend.