March 23, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - - The fourth-ranked Missouri Tigers (18-2, 3-0 Big 12) rode another dominating pitching performance on their way to their 13th-straight victory, completing the sweep of No. 14 Baylor (13-7, 2-4 Big 12) by run-ruling the Bears, 12-2 in the series finale on Sunday at Taylor Stadium. At 18-2 on the year, Mizzou holds its all-time best record after 20 games.
The sweep by the Tigers is the first series sweep by either team in the MU-BU all-time series.
Sophomore Kyle Gibson collected his fifth victory in as many starts this season, going seven innings while giving up just two unearned runs on four hits and striking out nine. The Tigers outscored the Bears 22-2 in three games this weekend.
Seniors Jacob Priday and Lee Fischer led the way for the Tigers, each driving home three runs and collecting two hits apiece. Sophomore Greg Folgia went 3-for-5 on the day with an RBI and a run scored from the leadoff spot and junior Kyle Mach was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI on the day.
Baylor put together the first serious threat of the game in the top of third when they put runners on the corners with two outs. After the first two batters flew out, Beamer Weems drew a walk for the first Baylor base runner in the game. The following hitter, Ben Booker, collected the team's first hit of the day with a seeing-eye single up the middle, sending Weems to third. However, Gibson worked himself out of the jam, getting Shaver Hansen to fly out to Aaron Senne in left field to end the threat.
Missouri snagged the lead in their half of the third, taking advantage of an error by Bears' first baseman Adam Hornung. Folgia started things off by roping a single into right field with one out, while senior Kurt Calvert followed with a hard ground ball to first. The ball kicked off of Hornung's leg and flew into center field, advancing Folgia to third. With runners on the corners, Senne grounded out to third on a slow chopper, bringing Folgia home to score and giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
The Tigers poured it on in the following inning, collecting five runs in the frame, all with two outs. Sophomore Trevor Coleman started the two-out rally by reaching on an infield single, and Mach followed by spraying a double down the left field line, which just barely landed in fair territory. Fischer then fought off several tough pitches before sending a line drive into center field, plating two to make it 3-0. Folgia collected his second hit of the game by driving one right back up the middle, and Calvert loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch. Fischer was able to score from third after Ryan Lollis' high chopper to third bounced off the glove of the third baseman, the second Baylor error of the game. Priday concluded the scoring barrage with a single into center field, scoring both Folgia and Calvert to make it 6-0.
Baylor cracked the run column for the first time this weekend in the top half of the seventh, scoring two unearned runs in the inning. Hornung got things started for the Bears, reaching second on an error to lead off the frame. After Hornung was moved over to third, Raynor Campbell collected his first hit of the season, roping a run-scoring double into left field over Senne's head. Two batters later, Weems ripped a single up the middle just past a diving attempt by Fischer. The single brought Campbell around to score to cut the Tigers' lead to 6-2.
Mizzou was able to finish off the Bears in their half of the seventh, collecting six runs on three hits, while taking five walks and a hit by pitch in the frame to run-rule the Bears. Lollis and Priday started the inning off by taking walks, and were moved up a base following a sacrifice bunt by Senne. Coleman and senior Dan Pietroburgo also drew back-to-back walks, bringing Lollis in to score. Mach then drove in Coleman and Priday with a single back up the middle, making the score 9-2, and Fischer followed with his second single of the game, loading the bases back up. Folgia then singled into left-center field, scoring Pietroburgo and Mach to make it 11-2. Three batters later, Priday was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home the game-ending run.
The Tigers will try to extend their winning streak when they head to Minnesota this week to take on the Golden Gophers. The two-game series begins on Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. CT. Log on to mutigers.com for all of the latest baseball news and updates.
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