Tigers Take Series Finale from Le Moyne, 10-1

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<i>Ben Turner went 3-3 at the plate on Sunday.</i>

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Ben Turner went 3-3 at the plate on Sunday.
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March 13, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball team took the series finale from Le Moyne, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon (March 13) at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers scored 10 runs in the game on 11 hits and took advantage of six Le Moyne errors to put the game out of reach. The Tigers rode a strong effort from their pitching staff in the win as well, highlighted by senior lefty Zack Hardoin (Spring, Texas) who earned his second win of the season after firing 5.0 innings and striking out a career-best eight batters. He gave up just three hits and did not allow a run on 88 pitches. The win was his second of the week after helping the Tigers beat Gonzaga on Tuesday.

Mizzou was led at the plate on Sunday by catcher Ben Turner (St. Charles, Mo.), who went 3-3 at the dish with a pair of runs scored. Center fielder Brannon Champagne (St. Charles, Mo.) also had a great day at the plate, going 3-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) also went 1-3 while driving in a run and knocking in one more.

After yesterday's doubleheader sweep in which the Tigers stole 16 total bases (eight in each game), the Tigers were once again aggressive on the base paths on Sunday and it paid dividends in the bottom of the first. Champagne singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a stolen base. After a walk by Jonah Schmidt (St. Louis, Mo.), Eric Garcia (Pflugerville, Texas) grounded into a fielder's choice, advancing Champagne to third.

With the threat of the stolen base on Le Moyne starter Ed Kohout's mind, he attempted a pick-off of Garcia at first and threw the ball wide of the bag, allowing Champagne to score the first run and Garcia to advance to second base. He later reached third on a groundout and scored on another error by the Dolphins, giving the Tigers a pair of runs in the first.

That proved to be all the runs that the Tigers would need behind Hardoin, who settled in and allowed just four base runners in the next four innings. He even struck out the side swinging in the fourth as he kept the Dolphin hitter guessing all afternoon. The Tigers then plated three runs in the sixth as Anderson and Schmidt drove in runs in the frame as the Tigers took a 5-0 lead into the eighth.

Following that three-run sixth inning, Mizzou then exploded for five runs in the seventh, due in large part to two Le Moyne errors in the frame. Champagne had a big hit in the inning as le laced a double to left field to knock in a pair of Tiger runs.

The Tiger bullpen closed out the game in relief of Hardoin and allowed just three hits and one unearned run in four innings of work to help cement the win for the Tigers. Brad Buehler (Festus, Mo.) highlighted the relievers as he came on to pitch 2.0 innings while not allowing a hit or a walk and striking out four Le Moyne batters. In all, the Tiger pitching staff struck out 14 Le Moyne batters on the day and just missed getting the shutout as an unearned run scored in the top of the eighth inning.

Mizzou will be back in action next weekend as it welcomes Central Michigan to Taylor Stadium for a four-game series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.

 

 

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