Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

The No. 18 Missouri Tigers, behind six players recording two hits each, blew out the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars 12-1 on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Steven Pattan was the lone bright spot for the Cougars, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame. Brock Weimer went 1-for-3 and drove in the lone run for SIU-Edwardsville while Jared McCunn went 1-for-3 with a double and a run. Losing pitcher David Llorens struggled through 2 and 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits while walking four batters and striking out just one.

Lead-off man Trey Harris led the offensive surge for Missouri, going 2-for-3 with a run, three RBIs, and a home run. Zach Hanna went 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Matt Berler went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs, and a run. Isaiah Cullum also contributed, going 1-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a stolen base, and a home run. Brett Bond, along with his 2-for-4 showing with a run, stole second and third base in the second inning. Tyler LaPlante was impressive in the contest, pitching three scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and striking out a season-high six batters.

The Tigers’ offense was productive from the outset. Trey Harris capped off a four-run second inning with a bases-loaded single that brought home Paul Gomez and Isaiah Cullum to make it a 4-0 lead. They smashed home runs in the third and fourth inning, the first one being a two-run homer by Cullum and the second was a solo shot by Harris which extended the Tiger lead to 6-0. While leading 9-1 in the 8th inning, Matt Berler knocked a triple to right center which drove in two runs. An RBI single by Zach Hanna followed to stretch the lead to 11 runs and all but put the finishing touches on the victory.

Trey Harris posted his seventh multi-RBI game of the season, tying him for team leader and Paul Gomez. Harris also walked four times in a game for just the second time in his career.

Missouri’s impressive home record moves to 15-2 on the season. They have now won three in a row and hope to build on that streak this weekend when they take on Alabama in a three-game series beginning Friday.