Junior Jonah Schmidt
March 24, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo.- - Missouri scored runs in every inning and put up its highest run total since 2008 in taking a 28-2 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. The game ended after seven innings due to a run-rule. The 28 runs were the most by the Tigers since they put up 31 against Texas two seasons ago.
Thirteen different Mizzou batters had hits in the game and four had multiple hits led by junior Jonah Schmidt who was 3-for-4 and drove in a career-high six runs. The six RBI are the most by a Tiger since Greg Folgia drove in six against Nebraska on May of 2008.
Arkansas Pine Bluff put the first run of the game on the board in the top of the first, but Missouri scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning on just two hits. The Tigers were aided by five walks, two hit batters, two wild pitches and a balk, as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the first. The two hits in the inning were RBI singles by freshman Blake Brown and senior Michael Liberto.
That was just the beginning of the Tigers' scoring, as the plated two in the second inning and four in the third before a 10-run fourth inning. Three of the 10 runs scored in the fourth came on senior Aaron Senne's team-leading seventh home run of the year. Senne finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He moved into sixth place on MU's career RBI list with 174 and he is in sole possession of eighth place in career home runs with 33.
Schmidt also homered in the fourth inning, connecting on a three-run shot, which was his fourth home run of the season. Later in the fourth, Schmidt drove in two more runs on a single and junior Jesse Santo added a two-run double.
In addition to Schmidt's five RBI in the fourth inning, he had an RBI single in the third for his six RBI.
Junior Brett Nicholas was 0-for-2, but was hit by a pitch in three of his first four at-bats. He scored three times.
Junior Brad Buehler struck out three in four innings pitched in his first start of the season. He allowed two runs on five hits. Junior Aaron Blunt and freshmen Eric Anderson and Neil Hugenburg teamed up to hold the Golden Lions scoreless for the final three innings, giving up just one hit.
The Tigers (12-6) will open Big 12 Conference play this weekend as they travel to College Station for a three-game series against Texas A&M. Game one of the series is set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday.
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