Jonah Schmidt led the Tiger offense in game on with three RBI.
March 12, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball team swept a doubleheader with Le Moyne after winning game one, 7-4, and taking the nightcap, 4-2, Saturday (March 12) at Taylor Stadium. With the two wins, Mizzou head coach Tim Jamieson, who is in his 17th season with the program, earned his 550th career win at Mizzou as he is second on the school's all-time wins list. The pair of wins improves the Tigers to 6-9 overall this season.
Game one took a rallying effort in the eighth by the Tigers to pull off the victory. Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Mizzou plated five runs to take a 7-4 lead and senior reliever Phil McCormick (Wildwood, Mo.) came on to record the final three outs, preserving the Tiger win. The eighth inning rally began with back-to-back singles by catcher Ben Turner (St. Charles, Mo.) and first baseman Scott Sommerfeld (Manchester, Mo.). A sacrifice fly by Blake Brown (Normal, Ill.) plated the Tigers' first run in the inning and then Sal Belfonte (Kansas City, Mo.), who was pinch running, scored on a passed ball to knot the score at four.
Mizzou then put together four straight hits - three for extra bases - to plate the final three runs of the inning, completing the comeback. The big story of game one, aside from the comeback effort in the eighth inning, was the Tigers' aggressiveness on the base paths. In fact, the team combined for eight steals in the game, four of which came from senior Conner Mach (Chesterfield, Mo.). The four steals by Mach matches the school record and are the most by an individual at Mizzou since 1956.
The Tiger bats were led by senior Jonah Schmidt (St. Louis, Mo.), who went 2-4 at the plate with three RBI. Sophomore Eric Garcia (Pluggerville, Texas) also had a nice game at the plate, going 2-2 with an RBI triple and a pair of runs scored. Brannon Champagne (St. Charles, Mo.), Mach and Jesse Santo (Little Falls, N.J.) also turned in multi-hit games for the Tigers in game one.
Junior Matt Stites (Festus, Mo.) had a quality start for the Tigers in the win as well, throwing 7.0 innings and allowing just two earned runs on five hits while striking out five. He threw 108 pitches. McCormick pitched the final two innings of the game and struck out three batters and allowed just one hit on 28 pitches. His appearance was the team- and Big 12-leading 11th of the season as he picked up his second win of 2011 and is now tied for the team lead with 18 strikeouts on the season.
Game two saw the Tigers' aggressiveness on the bases and patience at the plate pay off as the Tigers, behind a strong start from Jeff Scardino (Tulsa, Okla.), won the game, 4-2. Mizzou once again had eight steals in the game, led by three from Champagne, as it posted 16 in the two games on Saturday. The eight steals and eight walks from Le Moyne helped the Tigers score one run in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings to post four runs on just four hits.
But with the way that Scardino and reliever Jeff Emens (Plano, Texas) pitched, those four runs were more than enough for the Tigers to earn Jamieson win No. 550. Scardino threw 5.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs while striking out five. That made way for Emens to pitch the final 3.1 innings as he allowed just one hit and struck out three while allowing no earned runs, lowering his team-leading ERA to 1.84 this season.
Champagne, Mach Brown and Ryan Ampleman (St. Peters, Mo.) scored the four runs in the game for the Tigers and Brown led the team with a pair of RBI in the nightcap. Mizzou will look for its third straight win tomorrow as it will host Le Moyne in the series finale, starting at 1 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.
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