March 28, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - -
No. 2 Mizzou's team ERA in Big 12 Conference games remains at 0.00 after the Tigers shut out Texas Tech behind another strong pitching performance from junior Aaron Crow. Crow struck out nine and allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings on the mound to improve to 6-0 on the season. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 33.2 innings, as he has not allowed a run since Feb. 29 against Cal.
Crow retired the first seven batters he faced before issuing a walk to Tanner Rindels in the bottom of the third. Crow had retired 15-consecutive batters dating back to his start against Baylor last Friday.
"We pitched and played defense well enough to win," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "And we need to do that, because we didn't swing the bat very good tonight. Aaron had good stuff and really worked hard all night. He only gave up the two hits and one of those should have been an out. I was tempted to send him back out there for the ninth, but he just threw too many pitches."
Mizzou (20-3, 4-0 Big 12) scored a run in the first inning for the eighth time in the last nine games, as senior Jacob Priday drove in his 27th run of the season by singling in sophomore Greg Folgia. Folgia and senior Kurt Calvert opened the game with back-to-back singles. Priday's run-scoring base hit extended his hitting streak to eight games.
The one run is the lowest run total for the Tigers since they were shutout by Oklahoma, 5-0, on May 12, 2007. The previous low for MU this season was three runs, which it had scored three times this year. The six hits on the night were also a season low as six different Tigers accounted for the six hits.
The lone hit by the Red Raiders (12-12, 2-5) through the first 6.2 innings was an infield single by Roger Kieschnick in the fourth inning. Kieschnick hit a slow groundball to MU first baseman Steve Gray and just beat the throw from Gray to Crow covering first base. The other hit for Texas Tech Friday night was a two-out single by Rindels in the seventh.
Freshman Nick Tepesch
pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded his team-leading fourth save of the season.
Game two of the three-game set is Saturday at 2 p.m., with the series finale set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.