Tigers Get Trampled by Indiana State

Wednesday, March 21 –

When one team gets runners on base to start an inning, excitement always follows. The situation has the potential to develop into a breakout inning or collapse into a wasted opportunity. Wednesday’s contest provided a perfect example of the two extremes. Indiana State was on the positive end of the spectrum, and Missouri found itself on the negative end.

The final result was a 15-1 clobbering by the Sycamores, causing Missouri’s record to fall to 12-7 as the team enters conference play.

Indiana State put its leadoff batter aboard in five of the nine innings. In seven of the nine innings, at least two of the first three Sycamore batters reached base.

A lack of base runners was not the Tigers’ downfall, however. Six of their nine offensive innings began with a runner aboard. Unlike the Sycamores, Missouri was unable to capitalize.

Nine runners were left on base, but the left-on-base numbers do not even give justice to the Tiger’ untimeliness. They surrendered two double-plays (one caught stealing and one pickoff), each halting a potential rally.

Meanwhile, Iowa State was consistently taking advantage of the opportunities. Missouri issued four HBP’s, four walks and six errors, to go along with the 18 hits the Sycamores earned. Poor fielding and pitching enabled the threats to linger inning after inning, resulting in a steady run flow.

Iowa State scored at least two runs in five innings, highlighted by Ryan Walterhouse’ three-run homer. Jeremy Lucas added four RBI’s and Koby Kraemer also knocked in three runs.

The only Missouri run came in a futile ninth inning rally, when Andreas Plackis had a pinch-hit RBI single, the Tigers’ only clutch hit of the night.

The six errors brings the team total to 29 on the season, still good for a solid .960 fielding percentage.

Missouri will begin conference play against Oklahoma St. on March 23 at 6 p.m.

– Brian Hayes
23 Sports
Staff Writer