Tigers Cure Offensive Woes with Rout of Cardinals

Ryan Friess brings highlights from the Missouri baseball game against the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday.

Saturday, March 3 –

The Missouri Tigers had struggled offensively during their last four outings, only being able to score four runs in those contests. They seemed to be a different team Saturday as they beat the Ball State Cardinals by the score of 15-5 to move to 3-5 on the season.

The Tigers got their first victory in a 19-game home stand after losing their home opener last night 5-2. The game broke open early in the first inning as five Tigers crossed home plate with only one recorded hit in the inning.

From there, the Tigers kept pouring it on and highlighted it by a three-run home run by junior right fielder Blake Brown, his first of the season. Missouri also sparked a string of runs in the sixth inning with a five-run outburst and finished with 10 hits on the afternoon to coincide with their 15 runs.

The offense was not the only story of the afternoon. Sophomore southpaw Rob Zastryzny rebounded from a loss in his first start with a dominant performance against the Cardinals. Zastryzny worked through six innings with seven strikeouts and only allowed three runs and three hits. Zastryzny’s stuff was decisive from the start, not allowing a hit through 5.1 innings.

Freshman Brandon Platts picked up from where Zastryzny left off and allowed only a run through two innings. Redshirt freshman Ryan Yuengel finished off the job in the ninth inning as he struck out two of the three Ball State batters that came to the plate to seal up the victory for the Tigers.

The Tigers and Cardinals cap off this series Sunday afternoon with their rubber match at 1:00 p.m. at Taylor Stadium.

– Chris Novak
23 Sports
Staff Writer