April 20, 2007
WACO, Texas-- -
Sophomore Aaron Crow picked up his first career Big 12 Conference victory on Friday as Mizzou defeated Baylor 11-4 in the opener of a three-game series in Waco, Texas. The Tigers pounded out 18 hits, its second most hits this season, led by a four-hit performance for Kyle Mach.
Crow retired the first 13 batters he faced, with the first baserunner for the Bears coming when Matt Sodolak singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Crow struck out six in 7.1 innings on the mound, walking one and allowing two runs on six hits. He took the win to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Baylor's first run of the game, coming in the bottom of seventh inning when Beamer Weems tripled to drive in Chase Gerdes, was the first earned run that Crow had allowed in 16 innings.
Missouri (27-11, 8-5 Big 12) had one of its best offensive outputs of the season with 18 hits on the night, which trails only the 20-hit performance against Saint Louis on March 14. Each MU player in the starting lineup had a hit and five recorded at least two hits.
Mach was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. It was Mach's second four-hit game of the season and come one game after he had three hits against Missouri State on Tuesday. Sophomore Ryan Lollis and junior Jacob Priday each had three-hit games.
Mizzou started the scoring early as junior Evan Frey led off the game by drawing a walk, then scored when Baylor committed its first of three errors on the night on single by Lollis.
In the third, the Tigers got three base hits with two outs in the inning, plating two more runs. Freshmen Aaron Senne and Trevor Coleman each doubled sandwiched around a single by junior Jacob Priday. Senne scored on Priday's single and Priday crossed the plate on the double by Coleman.
Mach drove in a run with a single in the fifth, then connected for his second home run of the season in the seventh inning. The two-run shot that gave the Tigers a 7-1 lead.
Missouri scored once in the eighth, then added three runs in the top of the ninth, including a pair of runs scoring on a double by junior Brock Bond.
Baylor (21-18, 6-10) added a run in the eighth and scored twice in the ninth inning.
The Tigers chased Baylor's starter Jeff Mandel after just 3.1 innings, which was his shortest outing of the season and matched the shortest outing of his career.
The three-game series in Waco will continue with game two at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday with the finale set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. All of MU's games can be heard or KTGR 1580-AM in Columbia or online at KTGR.com.