May 13, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball team picked up its ninth win in Big 12 play after defeating Texas Tech, 11-1, on Friday night (May 13) at Taylor Stadium. Sophomore hurler Eric Anderson threw 7.0 shutout innings while striking out six and scattering just three hits against the league's No. 4 offense. He was backed by 11 runs by the Tiger offense as the Tigers are averaging more than seven runs per game in its last 10 league contests.
The win improves the Tigers to 22-27 on the season and 9-12 in Big 12 play. The Tigers have also won seven of their last 10 Big 12 games after topping the Red Raiders on Friday. The story of the game was Anderson, who picked up his second straight win in Big 12 play. Also, he has started four games for the Tigers in Big 12 play and they have won all four of those games. He threw just 94 pitches in his seven innings and kept Texas Tech off balance all night. The game marked his second scoreless outing this season and his only scoreless start this year.
The Tiger offense was also clicking on all cylinders in the win, scoring 11 runs on just 10 hits as they came up with clutch hits all night. Eric Garcia and Brannon Champagne both had huge nights at the plate, each driving in four runs. Garcia was 3-5 with a run scored and four RBI and tallied two triples in the game, becoming the first Tiger to do since Kurt Calvert did so on February 29, 2008, against Cal. Champagne went 1-3 with four RBI and a pair of runs scored and had a huge two-out double with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, plating three runs. His other RBI came on a bases-loaded walk. His double in the fifth inning on Friday extends his hit streak to nine straight games, the longest by a Tiger this season.
Conner Mach had a nice night, going 1-3 with a run scored and a triple. Sophomore catcher Ben Turner also went 2-3 with a run scored and senior shortstop Jesse Santo scored three runs in the game without tallying a hit as he drew a game-high three walks. CJ Jarvis also went 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Tigers jumped all over Tech starter David Paiz, tagging him for five runs in the first two innings, including a three-spot in the second. The Tigers then had a huge five-run fifth, highlighted by Champagne's bases-loaded double, knocking reliever Jamen Parten out of the game. Mizzou then added one more run in the sixth on Jarvis' RBI single to right field and turned to Anderson and the bullpen to bring in the win.
Mizzou and Texas Tech will resume their series tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers are hosting the first annual Fan Fest where fans are invited out for activities before the game, including games and a hospitality area. Fan Fest begins at 11:30 a.m. and admission is free. The Tigers will also honor their nine seniors at tomorrow's game. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.