March 22, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - -
No. 4 Mizzou recorded its second-straight shutout over No. 14 Baylor with a 3-0 win on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. Junior Ian Berger allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings pitched and has not allowed a run in his last 25.2 innings on the mound. He has given up just one earned run in 30.1 innings this year and lowered his Big 12 Conference leading ERA to 0.30 after Saturday's performance.
After giving up a double to the second batter of the game, Berger retired the next 10 batters he faced and 14 of the next 15 Bears to step to the plate. The first-inning double, by Baylor's Shaver Hansen, would be the only hit the Bears would get all afternoon. Berger struck out eight on Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the year and is 8-1 in his career at Mizzou. He has allowed just two earned runs over his last 38.1 innings pitched dating back to the 2007 season.
Freshman Nick Tepesch pitched the final two innings and did not allow a hit, picking up his third save of the season.
As was the case on Friday, the first two batters to the plate for Mizzou in the game singled and scored. Sophomore Greg Folgia and senior Kurt Calvert led off the Tigers' half of the first inning with back-to-back singles and scored on RBI base hits by senior Jacob Priday and sophomore Aaron Senne.
Folgia would drive in MU's third run of the game, delivering a two-out double in the bottom of the second inning, which scored junior Kyle Mach.
Priday and Folgia each had two hits for Missouri and Senne extended his hitting streak to six games with his first-inning single.
Saturday's shutout comes one day after MU junior Aaron Crow recorded a three-hit complete game shutout over Baylor (13-6, 2-3). The victory is the 12th-straight for the Tigers, who improve to 17-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference. The Tigers also clinch the series victory with Saturday's win. They have now won their last six Big 12 Conference series, dating back to last season and have won 10 of their last 11 conference series dating back to the 2006 season.
The final game of the three-game series is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets call 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Columbia) or visit mutigers.com. Ticket will also be available at the Taylor Stadium Ticket window prior to the game.