Tigers Return Home to Host Texas Tech



April 23, 2009

APRIL 24-26, 2009 • COLUMBIA, MO.

 First Pitch  Friday: 6:30 p.m. / Saturday: 2 p.m. / Sunday: 1 p.m.
 Stadium  Taylor Stadium 
 Radio  KTGR 1580-AM
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Mizzou returns to Taylor Stadium this weekend for a three-game series with Texas Tech. The three-game set will open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with games to follow at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Tigers are 21-21 on the season and have a record of 8-10 in the Big 12, while TTU enters the series with a 20-24 overall mark and a 9-9 conference record. Missouri leads the all-time series with the Red Raiders, 21-19, but Texas Tech won last year’s series by taking two-of-three from MU in Lubbock. Following the weekend series, the Tigers have their next five games away from home, taking Eastern Illinois next Tuesday in O’Fallon, Mo. before facing Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. on Wednesday. Next weekend, the Tigers will be in Lincoln, Neb. for a three-game series with Nebraska.

Texas Tech took two-of-three from Mizzou in last year’s series in Lubbock, Texas. The Tigers won game one before dropping the next two games in the series. Friday’s series opener saw another great pitching performance by Aaron Crow. Crow struck out nine and allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings as MU took a 2-0 victory. In game two of the series, the Red Raiders rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to take a 3-2 win and even the series. Ian Berger struck out six and allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings pitched, but came away with a no decision. In Sunday’s series finale, Texas Tech scored 11 runs over the final three innings and took a 15-11 win to claim the series victory. With MU leading by two going to the bottom of the ninth, the Red Raiders scored twice on a triple by Willie Rueda and later Doug Thennis hit a walk-off grand slam to end the game.

Mizzou junior Kyle Gibson has pitched a complete game in five of his six Big 12 starts. Last Friday, he won for the sixth time this season, striking out nine, walking none and allowing just three runs to defeat Kansas State. A week earlier he picked up his fifth victory of the year, as he and the Tigers defeated Baylor by a score of 5-3. On April 3, Gibson struck out 15 and allowed two runs on six hits against Oklahoma, but was handed the hard-luck loss in a 2-1 game. Gibson was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second-consecutive week on March 23. He was the first pitcher to claim back-to-back Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors since Texas’ Kyle McCulloch in 2006. Gibson picked up a complete game victory over Texas A&M on March 20, as he struck out a career-high 16 batters in the Tigers’ 3-2 win. He gave up just two runs on five hits to the Aggies and his only walk allowed on the night was an intentional pass in the eighth inning. Gibson retired the first 10 batters to the plate and 18 of the first 19 he faced. A week earlier, Gibson was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, in addition to Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, after picking up his first career shutout in MU’s series opener with Texas on March 14. Gibson struck out 11 batters and gave up six hits in nine innings pitched, as the Tigers defeated Texas, 2-0. The complete-game was the first nine-inning complete game for Gibson, who has had two seven-inning complete games in his career. He leads the conference with 90 strikeouts on the year in 69.0 innings pitched.

Mizzou Head Coach Tim Jamieson picked up his 500th win last Friday against Kansas State. The win came in dramatic fashion as the Tigers scored four runs in the ninth inning and took a 4-3 victory. He is 501-350-2 in his 15th year as the Tigers’ head coach. Missouri’s win over Arizona State on March 1 moved Jamieson into second place on Mizzou’s all-time wins list. His 501 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.

Junior Greg Folgia was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday after he hit .429 in the Tigers’ five games of last week. That includes a .455 average in the three-game series against Kansas State, highlighted by a two-home run, five-RBI game on Saturday. A week earlier, he hit .400 in the series at Baylor. Folgia has a team-best .336 average on the year and leads the team with seven home runs and 42 RBI. His 42 RBI are fifth most in the Big 12 and his ranks fourth with three triples on the season. He had a six-game hitting streak from April 4-11, hitting .476 with two home runs, three doubles and 10 RBI during those 10 games. He had a pair of three-hit games during the stretch. Folgia has had three hits in five games this year. Folgia has started in left field, center field and at first base for the Tigers this season and also has made 12 appearances on the mound out of the bullpen. In his two previous years at MU, Folgia has also played second base, third base and shortstop, meaning he has played all positions except right field and catcher during his career at Mizzou.

Missouri has utilized a pitcher-by-committee strategy in 13 games this season. In those 13 games, Mizzou is 10-3 and has a team ERA of 3.23. Opposing batters are hitting just .244 against the Tigers in the pitcher-by-committee games. The Tigers have twice used a season-high 11 pitchers (vs. SIU-Edwardsville on March 18 and vs. UI-Chicago on March 25). Mizzou lost its first pitcher-by-committee game this year, but pitched well, as eight pitchers team up to allow just two earned runs on five hits to Arizona State on Feb. 24. Missouri then won seven-straight games with the staff pitching approach in place, including a pair of shutouts against Western Illinois on March 4 and Oklahoma State on March 30. The first time the Tigers pitched by committee in a Big 12 Conference game came on March 21 against Texas A&M, then they took a 6-2 win.

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 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.

Video webcast for all Missouri Baseball home games in 2009 is available at 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 and click on the All-Access icon.

Missouri has a pair of midweek games away from Taylor Stadium coming up next week. First, it will take on Eastern Illinois on Tuesday at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Tigers will travel to Springfield, Mo. to take on Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. Next weekend, Mizzou will be in Lincoln, Neb. for its final Big 12 road series of the year, taking on Nebraska. That series will open at 6 p.m. on Friday.