Senior Jacob Priday
April 11, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - - Mizzou senior Jacob Priday set a Big 12 Conference record with four home runs and No. 8 Missouri put up 31 runs to defeat No. 12 Texas, 31-12, on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.
Priday was 5-for-5 on the night. He set the single-game school record with four home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored. The four home runs is the most ever in the Big 12 Conference and is tied for third most in NCAA history.
With the four homers, Priday moves within one of the Missouri school record with 44 for his career. The nine RBI give him 218, which is four shy of the Mizzou career mark.
Priday's first home run led off the second inning and was the first of three homers in the frame. Sophomore Aaron Senne followed Priday with a homer to make it back-to-back home runs and after freshman Jonah Schmidt flew out to the wall, junior Steve Gray homered to right field.
Mizzou (24-8, 6-4 Big 12) put up 10 runs in the third inning, which included Priday's second home run, a three run shot. The Tigers had nine hits in the inning, including doubles from Senne and sophomore Greg Folgia. The 10-run inning was the biggest inning for the Tigers since an 11-run second inning against Mississippi Valley State on May 6, 2006.
After drawing a walk in his third at bat, Priday hit his second three-run home run in the fourth inning. He singled in the sixth inning and then hit his fourth home run of the game in the seventh.
Gray also had a pair of home runs, adding a solo shot in the fourth. It was his second two-home run performance in the last three games.
Every Tiger in the starting lineup had at least one hit and five had at least three. The 26 hits for Missouri tied a school record, which was set in 2005 against Navy.
The 31 runs are the most scored by the Tigers since they defeated Truman State 30-0 in 2003. It is the most runs scored by MU against a conference opponent since a 27-4 win over Nebraska in 1956.
The loss is the worst for Texas since a 25-6 defeat against Texas A&M in 1995. Friday was the first game in which Texas allowed at least 20 runs since 1998.
Junior Aaron Crow, who entered the game having allowed just four runs all season, gave up five in the first inning. That snapped his streak of 42.2 scoreless innings pitched, dating back to his second start of the season. He allowed nine runs on nine hits in five innings of work, but picked up the win to improve to 8-0 on the year. The nine runs are the most allowed by Crow in his career.
The series will continue at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.
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