March 10, 2006
COLUMBIA, Mo. - -
No. 18 Mizzou fell to Purdue 7-0 on Friday in front of a crowd of 1,563 at Taylor Stadium in the opener of a three-game series. The Tigers drop to 9-6 on the season, while the Boilermakers move to 3-3.
Mizzou matched a season low with four hits in the ballgame and was shutout for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Southern Illinois on May 17, 2005.
Junior Max Scherzer retired the first six batters he faced on Friday night, including striking out the side in the first inning.
However, Purdue scored twice in the top of the third, as Eric Osborn led off the inning with a single and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Mitch Hilligoss. Kyle Reesing also singled in the inning and would score on a base hit by Spencer Ingaldson, giving the Boilermakers the 2-0 lead.
They would make it a three-run lead with a run in the top of the sixth inning, as Hilligoss drew a lead off walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ingaldson, went to third on a single by Eric Wolfe and scored on a sacrifice fly by John Hunter.
With the exception of the third and sixth innings, Scherzer retired the side in order in the other five innings in which he pitched. He struck out eight, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings on the mound, taking his first loss of the season to drop to 3-1.
The Tigers threatened in the fifth inning, as senior Trevor Helms drew a lead off walk and senior J.C. Field followed with a hit, but MU was unable to push any runs across the plate.
In the eighth inning, Mizzou once again had the first two batters reach with sophomore Evan Frey and senior Zane Taylor each reaching on singles, but Purdue righthander Jay Buente struck out the next three Tigers to end the inning. Buente struck out nine, allowing four hits in eight scoreless innings.
Purdue would add four runs in the top of the ninth for the final 7-0 margin.
Game two of the series is at 2 p.m. on Saturday with junior Nathan Culp slated to take the mound for Mizzou. The final game of the series will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. For tickets call 1-800-CAT-PAWS or visit mutigers.com. The game will be broadcast on KTGR 1580-AM in Columbia and on KTGR.com. Live video will also be available through Mizzou All-Access on mutigers.com.