Missouri Baseball Wins Fourth Straight Game
COLUMBIA - The Mizzou baseball team scored six runs in the first three innings and added another in the seventh as it topped Central Michigan, 7-6, on Friday evening at Taylor Stadium.
The win is the Tigers' fourth straight and they have now won five of their last seven games. Sophomore infielder Eric Garcia put together a three-hit night and scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning to lead the Tigers on Friday.
Freshman lefty Rob Zastryzny earned his second career win after firing six innings and allowing just two earned runs while striking out seven, just one off of his career best. He also did not walk a batter in the start, which was the second Friday start of his career. Senior reliever Phil McCormick came on and pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game to earn the save. The appearance for McCormick was his team-best 12th of the season, which ranks first in the Big 12 in 2011.
Garcia was the story for the Tigers' offensively as he continues to swing a hot bat during the home stand. He tallied three hits in the win and scored two runs and drove in one more as he hit in the four-hole on Friday. First baseman Scott Sommerfeld also tallied a multi-hit night, going 2-4 with a run scored.
Mizzou scored three runs in the first inning after sophomore Brannon Champagne - hitting in the two-hole - was hit by CMU starter Trent Howard. Back-to-back singles from catcher Ben Turner and Garcia drove in Champagne and then a one-out single by Conner Mach drove in Turner. Garcia then scored on a botched pick-off attempt at first base by Howard to give Mizzou the three-run inning.
The Tigers came right back in the second inning as three of the first four batters reached base on singles. Champagne laced a single to right field that plated a pair of runs in the inning as CMU right fielder Matt Faiman let the ball roll under his glove, allowing two runs to score. Mizzou then added a run in third as Jonah Schmidt walked to lead off the inning and was driven in on a two-out single by short stop Jesse Santo.
Central Michigan rallied to score five runs over the next five innings, drawing as close as 6-5, but Garcia scored on a passed ball in the seventh inning to give the Tigers the one run of insurance that they needed to win the game, 7-6. Mizzou and Central Michigan will be back in action with a doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m.