Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers baseball team came into Saturday’s game looking to even the series against Rhode Island, as they were coming off an 8-6 loss against the Rams the previous day. This game would be different for MU though, as the Tigers posted season highs of 12 runs and 13 hits. The Tigers best inning offensively was in the 8th inning as they scored five runs. Missouri’s hot bats led them to a 12-4 victory over Rhode Island.

Missouri got off to a quick start, scoring two runs in the second, one unearned. The next inning, a three run home run by Chris Cornelius broke the game wide open at 5-0 Tigers. Rhode Island made a bit of a comeback to narrow the score to 7-4, but a five run eighth all but put the game out of reach.

The Tigers offense came alive as they had 13 hits, nine RBIs, three doubles, a triple, while only striking out four times. Tigers Sophomore Clayton Peterson has given the Missouri a big performance in this series, as he recorded two-hit performances and has helped score a total of three runs in the two games against Rhode Island. Mark Vierling had a good day at the plate as he had three hits on four at bats, also helping to drive in a run and scoring a run of his own. Missouri elected to have Junior Art Joven on the mound, who went on to pick up the win and is now (1-0) on this young season. Joven recorded seven strikeouts, four hits, one walk, and zero runs in five innings pitched.

The Tigers next game is the final game of the series against Rhode Island. The game takes place at 10 a.m. in Fort Myers, Florida at the City of Palms Park.