Tigers Hit the Road to Challenge Kansas State
MANHATTAN, KS - Mizzou baseball travels to Manhattan, Kansas this weekend to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in an attempt to win their third straight Big 12 series. The series kicks off on Friday at 6:30 p.m, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Tigers (19-26, 6-11) are coming off a disappointing loss at in-state rival Missouri State, especially when considering their success the weekend prior when they took two of three from the sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies. Mizzou used eight pitchers in eight innings, the most the team has used since sending eight to the mound against Texas State on March 30.
Undoubtedly, Mizzou will want to rekindle the brand of ball showcased against the Aggies. The series victory was the Tigers' first over a top-ten team since 2009, when they beat the then-third-ranked Aggies. Mizzou has fared well agasint top ten teams in 2011, picking up three wins.
Kansas State has posted a 27-18 record on the season with a respectable 12-8 record in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are 7-3 in their last ten games but have hit a bit of a rough patch, having lost three of their last four games at the hands of No. 19 Oklahoma State and Cal State Bakersfield.
Mizzou will send sophomore righthander Eric Anderson to the mound to open the series. Anderson is 0-0 on the year with a 7.13 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched. Junior Matt Stites and freshman Rob Zastrynzy will start on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.