April 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou (19-17) used a complete team performance to defeat the Kansas State Wildcats by a final score of 13-4 Friday (April 20) at Taylor Stadium. Starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny went eight innings and gave up one run on five hits while striking out six batters. Andreas Plackis was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, scoring twice and reaching base a fourth time on a hit-by-pitch. Eric Garcia launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to right field, his second bomb of the season. Outfielders Brannon Champagne and Blake Brown extended their on-base streaks to 28 and 23 games, respectively.
The Wildcats threatened early with a double down the left field line, then a walk followed before Zastryzny forced a double play that put a runner on third with two outs. The following batter struck out to end the inning and keep Kansas State off the board. Ben Turner doubled down the right field line with two outs, then an error led to Turner scoring on an error. Dane Opel then moved from first to third on an errant pick-off attempt at first, then Brown's single to left made the score 2-0. Garcia's home run into the trees beyond the right field fence then gave the Tigers a 4-0 advantage. The Wildcats went down in order in the top of the second, then Plackis led off the bottom of the inning with a single to center. Dillon Everett reached on a fielder's choice, then Conner Mach singled to left to put two on with one out. Champagne singled to center, putting runners on the corners and scoring Everett for a 5-0 lead. Turner's fielder's choice scored Mach from third, making the score 6-0 favoring Mizzou as the game headed to the third.
Kansas State put runners on second and third with no outs in the third. Zastryzny induced a flyout to short left and struck out the following batter before an infield single put the Wildcats on the board, cutting the Tigers lead to 6-1. Mizzou went down scoreless in the bottom of the frame, then Zastryzny sat the Wildcats down 1-2-3. Plackis led off the bottom of the fourth by getting hit by a pitch, then Everett reached base on a perfectly placed bunt. A passed ball advanced both runners to second and third, then Mach's flyout to center scored Plackis from third to give Mizzou a 7-1 lead. The leadoff batter got aboard in the fifth for the Wildcats, then Mach made a sliding catch on a popped-up bunt for the first out. Zastryzny struck out the following batter, then Mach's diving stop of a hot shot down the third base line recorded the final out of the inning. After the Tigers went down in order to finish the fifth, Zastryzny gave up just one hit in a coreless sixth. Plackis led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Everett's infield single put runners on the corners with no outs, and a groundout double play scored Plackis for an 8-1 lead. Champagne doubled to left in the next at bat and scored on Turner's single to right, giving the Tigers a 9-1 advantage. Blake Brown
led off by getting hit by a pitch, then he advanced to third on Garcia's single to right. Sal Belfonte
then doubled to left, moving Garcia to third and sscoring Plackis for a 10-1 lead. Plackis then doubled to left-center, scoring both runners, making the score 12-1. After a pitching change, Mach singled to center to score Plackis for a 13-1 lead.
The Wildcats put their leadoff batter on base in the eighth with an error, but Zastryzny retired the next three batters he faced. Patrick Quintanilla walked to lead off for Mizzou in the bottom of the inning, but the Tigers were held scoreless in the inning. John Miles entered the game to pitch in the ninth, and allowed the first four batters he faced to reach base, giving up four runs in the final frame to produce the final score of 13-4.
Mizzou and Kansas State meet again Saturday (April 21) at 1 PM for the second game of the three-game set. Keep up to date on Mizzou baseball by following the team's twitter page (@MUTigerBaseball) or by checking in to MUTigers.com.