Former Tiger Tepesch Dazzles in Big League Debut

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Mizzou alums Nick Tepesch and Ian Kinsler after Tepesch's Major League debut.</i>
Mizzou alums Nick Tepesch and Ian Kinsler after Tepesch's Major League debut.

April 9, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - Just minutes after the Mizzou baseball team defeated Missouri State, a Mizzou baseball alum was just stepping off the mound to a standing ovation in his major league debut for the Texas Rangers. Nick Tepesch (2008-10) made his first career start for Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers and went 7.1 innings and struck out five while allowing just one earned run on four hits while pitching the Rangers to a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He earned the win in the start.

Tepesch was the first Texas Ranger to pitch into the eighth inning of his major league debut since fellow Mizzou alum John Dettmer did so in his debut back in 1994. Also, the Mizzou theme for the night was set on the first out of the game as Tepesch retired Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings on a liner to former Mizzou infielder Ian Kinsler at second base.

With his start on Tuesday, Tepesch becomes the fourth Tiger currently active in the big leagues, joining Kinsler, Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers) and Aaron Crow (Kansas City Royals).

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