March 25, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. - -
Missouri used 11 pitchers and hit three home runs on Wednesday to take a 12-8 win over UI-Chicago at Taylor Stadium. The three home runs are them most in a game for the Tigers this season. MU had gone nine games without a homer prior to Wednesday.
Missouri's first home run of the day came in the bottom of the first inning. After UIC took the lead with a run in the top of the inning, junior Greg Folgia connected on a two-run shot, his third homer of the season to give Mizzou the lead.
Senior Steve Gray led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run that hit off the top of the Dan Devine Pavilion beyond the rightfield wall. The homer was Gray's second of the year. Senior Ryan Lollis joined in on the action with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, his second of the season. Lollis finished with three hits and three RBI.
Prior to Wednesday, the last home run hit by Mizzou was Conner Mach's three-run shot against Ball State on March 8.
The Tigers (12-12) added a five-run eighth inning, which included RBI singles by Lollis, senior Austin Holt and junior Aaron Senne and a two-run triple by Folgia. Folgia drove in four runs on the day with the home run and a triple.
Holt reached base four times, going 1-for-1 and drawing three walks. The only out he made was on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Senne finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon, driving in one and scoring once.
Mizzou utilized the pitcher-by-committee plan for the sixth time this season, improving to 5-1 in those games. Senior Scooter Hicks started for the first time in his career and the Tigers used a total of 11 pitchers in the game, which ties a season high. They also used 11 against SIU-Edwardsville on March 18.
Missouri travels to Stillwater, Okla. this weekend for a three-game series against Oklahoma State. The first pitch of the series opener on Friday has been moved up to 3 p.m. in anticipation of inclement weather in the Stillwater area.