Missouri Host Western Illinois in Home Opener

MUTIGERS.COM Senior Kyle Mach
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Senior Kyle Mach
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March 3, 2009

MIZZOU vs WESTERN ILLINOIS
MARCH 4, 2009 • COLUMBIA, MO.

First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Series History: MU leads 19-5
Last Meeting: WIU def. MU, 5-3 - April 1, 2008 in Columbia
Stadium: Taylor Stadium
Capacity: 2,200
Radio: KTGR 1580-AM
Live Audio: KTGR.com
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MISSOURI TIGERS
Overall Record: 2-7
Big 12 Record: 0-0
Last 5: 1-4
Streak: Won 1
Rankings: NR
Head Coach: Tim Jamieson
Career Record: 482-336-2 (15th season)
Record at MU: 482-336-2 (15th season)

WESTERN ILLINOIS
Overall Record: 0-5
Summit League Record: 0-0
Last 5: 0-5
Streak: Lost 5
Rankings: NR
Head Coach: Stan Hyman
Career Record: 352-349-1 (16th season)
Record at WIU: 174-242 (8th season)

COMPLETE GAMENOTES

FIRST PITCH
Missouri will open its home schedule on Wednesday against Western Illinois at Taylor Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets for Wednesday's home opener are available for just $1. The Tigers are 2-7 on the season after a nine-game, 11-day road trip to Arizona. Missouri won its season opener against Nevada on Feb. 20, but dropped its next seven games before picking up a 5-2 win over Arizona State on Sunday. Western Illinois enters the game with record of 0-5.Wednesday's game is the first in a six-game homestand for Mizzou. This weekend, Ball State will visit Columbia for a four-game series, which includes a Saturday doubleheader. Western Illinois will return to Taylor Stadium next Tuesday (March 10) for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Missouri. The Tigers are 19-5 all-time against WIU. Last season, the Leathernecks defeated MU for the first time in six games. MU Head Coach Tim Jamieson is 482-336-2 in his 15th season as the Tigers' skipper. The win on Sunday was Jamieson's 482nd career victory, putting him in second place on the all-times wins list at Mizzou, passing John "Hi" Simmons.

 

 

SERIES HISTORY
Mizzou leads the all-time series with Western Illinois, 19-5. Last year, WIU took a 5-3 win over Missouri in Columbia. Before last year's meeting, the Tigers had won five-straight over the Leathernecks. The first meeting between Missouri and WIU came in 1978 when the teams split at two-game series with Western Illinois taking an 8-0 win followed by a Mizzou 5-2 victory. The series will continue next Tuesday (March 10) as the Leathernecks return to Taylor Stadium.

LOLLIS CARRIES SIX-GAME HITTING STREAK INTO WEDNESDAY
Senior Ryan Lollis will bring a six-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game with Western Illinois. Lollis is lead the team with a .353 batting average on the year. Of his 12 hits on the season, five have gone for extra base hits. He has three doubles, one triple and had a home run against Gonzaga on Feb. 22. Lollis was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in last June's Major League Baseball Draft, but passed up a chance to turn professional to return to MU.

JAMIESON MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE ON MU'S ALL-TIME WINS LIST
With Missouri's win over Arizona State last Sunday, Head Coach Tim Jamieson moved into second place on Mizzou's all-time wins list. Jamieson is 482-336-2 in his 15th year as the Tigers' head coach. His 482 wins put him ahead of legendary former head coach John "Hi" Simmons. Simmons compiled a record of 481-294-3 from 1937-1973, while Gene McArtor is the all-time winningest coach at Missouri with a record of 733-430-3 from 1974-1994. Jamieson, who served as an assistant coach under McArtor from 1988-94, has led the Tigers to seven NCAA Regionals, including each of the last six and is a two-time Conference Coach of the Year. Last fall, the University of Missouri extended Jamieson's contract, keeping him in the MU dugout through at least the 2013 season. With the retirement of Texas Tech's Larry Hays last summer, Jamieson and Baylor coach Steve Smith are now the longest tenured coaches in the Big 12 Conference, as each is in his 15th year as head coach of the respective programs.

ON THE AIR
Once again this year, KTGR 1580-AM is the radio home of the Tigers. All of Mizzou's regular season and postseason games will air on KTGR 1580-AM in Columbia. The games can also be heard online at KTGR.com. Tex Little is in his 19th season of calling Tiger Baseball and is joined in the booth by Hudson Guthrie, who returns for his second year as part of the Tigers' broadcast team.

ALL-ACCESS
Video webcast for all Missouri Baseball home games in 2009 is available at mutigers.com as part of Mizzou All-Access. All-Access is the Tiger fans home to live and archived games for Mizzou Athletics, along with coaches' shows, press conferences and much more. For more information, visit mutigers.com and click on the All-Access icon.

UP NEXT
Missouri will continue its six-game homestand to open its home schedule this weekend with a four-game series with Ball State this weekend at Taylor Stadium. Game one of the series will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. with the series finale set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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