March 15, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- - No. 4 Missouri picked up its second-straight shutout with a 10-0 win over Toledo on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. Junior Ian Berger struck out a career-high nine in eight innings pitched and lowered his ERA to .039 on the season.
Berger is 2-0 on the year and has allowed just one earned run in 23.1 innings pitched this season. Dating back to last season, Berger has allowed just two earned runs in his last six appearances, a span of 31.1 innings. His nine strikeouts on Saturday surpass his old career high of five. Through the first two games of the series, the Tigers have struck out 26 batters, while walking just one.
Toledo managed just four hits, all singles, off Berger. At one point, Berger had retired 10-consecutive batters, until Dan Sherwood reached on a wild pitch on strike three in the sixth inning.
Missouri (11-2), which shutout Toledo 6-0 on Friday, has recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time since doing it against Youngstown State last March. The 11-2 start to the year for MU is the best since the 2004 team was 11-2. Prior to that, the best start to a year came in 1985, when Missouri won its first 14 games.
Sophomore Greg Folgia pitched the ninth inning for the Tigers and struck out two, including fanning Jake Oester for the final out.
Folgia was also 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored as Tigers' designated hitter on Saturday. He extended his hitting streak to seven games with his two hits. Folgia's walk in the third inning drove in Missouri's first run. The Tigers would add two more runs in the third inning.
Missouri plated six runs in the fifth inning, getting a two-run double from junior Kyle Mach, which was followed by an RBI single from junior Steve Gray and an RBI triple from senior Kurt Calvert. Sophomore Aaron Senne also drove in a run with a single in the fifth.
Calvert and Gray each had two hits and a pair of RBI on Saturday.
Freshman Jonah Schmidt, getting his first career at-bat as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning, doubled to drive in Folgia for the game's final run.
Missouri and Toledo will conclude their four-game series with a doubleheader on Sunday. First pitch for game one on Sunday has been moved up to 11 a.m., with the second game to follow 30 minutes after the completion game one.
Check mutigers.com for any scheduling changes due to the weather.
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