Strong Pitching Wins Tigers' Home Openers

MUTIGERS.COM Justin James recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in game two.
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Justin James recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in game two.
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March 1, 2003

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Solid outings from the starting pitchers led the Missouri baseball to a sweep of a doubleheader home opener against Youngstown State. The Tigers won the first game 9-0, and the nightcap 10-2.

Juco transfer Andy Shipman (Bellevue, Neb.) pitched a four-hit complete game shutout in the seven-inning first game, and sophomore Justin James (Yukon, Okla.) recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in a seven inning outing in game two.

Missouri's offense was sparked by junior catcher Brad Flanders (Smithville, Mo.), who was 5-for-5 on the day, including a two-run home run in his first at-bat. Flanders has now recorded a hit in each of his last eight at bats, including three home runs.

Flanders' shot sailed over the 370' sign in left field at Taylor Stadium, and was part of a four-run first inning for the Tigers in game one.

Missouri added five runs on just four hits in the fifth inning. The Tigers were issued five walks in the inning by Penguins reliever Justin Thomas. Junior SS Ian Kinsler (Tucson, Ariz.) hit an RBI triple to drive home senior OF Jayce Tingler (Smithville, Mo.). Junior OF Ryan Rallo (Chesterfield, Mo.) added a two-RBI triple in the inning.

Shipman scattered four hits in his first start for MU. The most trouble the junior saw was in the third inning when he allowed back-to-back singles before recording the inning's third out. Shipman struck out six, a career-high, and did not issue a walk.

The Tigers jumped on Penguin game two starter Corey Ohalek early and often. Missouri scored in each of the first four innings, and in seven of their eight half-frames.

 

 

Rallo hit an RBI triple in the first inning of game two to score Flanders, and help MU to a 2-0 lead.

Junior Lee Laskowski (Clayton, Mo.) returned to Missouri's lineup after missing several games due to injury, and hit a two-RBI single in the third.

Kinsler hit a triple and scored in the fourth for the Tigers. Kinsler was 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the second game.

James picked up his second win on the season in the nightcap. He allowed just three hits and two runs in seven innings of work, issuing only one walk.

The two teams conclude their four-game series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.

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