COLUMBIA — Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson sometimes looks like Yosemite Sam with two pistols pulled while he fires pitcher after pitcher at the opposing team.
For the fourth time this season Wednesday night, Jamieson used at least eight pitchers to complete a game.
"It's a staff night and it's all trying to get guys innings before the weekend," said reliever Brad Buehler, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save. "It brings us closer together."
The Tigers (9-10) used 11 pitchers to hold SIU-Edwardsville (2-10) to one run in Missouri's 4-1 win at Taylor Stadium. Jamieson used so much ammo that he almost ran out of bullets.
"We only had two guys who didn't pitch," Jamieson said. "We could kinda treat it like the All-Star game and Bud Selig would step in and call the game if we ran out of arms."
The Tigers have been successful on staff nights. The bullpen has given up only eight runs in 35 innings pitched in the four staff games so far. The Tigers have done so well that Jamieson has started thinking about staffing a Big 12 Conference game.
"We're probably closer to doing it than we have been," Jamieson said.
Jamieson even went so far to say that the only plans he has for this weekend's series against No. 3 Texas A&M is to start ace Kyle Gibson on Friday night and sophomore Nick Tepesch on Sunday. Senior Ian Berger usually starts on Saturday but has struggled this season going 1-2 with a 6.63 ERA.
"It's getting to the point where we're going to have to make a decision," Jamieson said.
Berger, however, wants the ball.
"My success is very important for our team's success because I am a starting pitcher," Berger said. "I haven't been happy with my starts lately."
The idea of the staff game is nothing new. Jamieson has done it for a long time, but he really thinks staffing games works towards the strength of his pitching staff.
"The strength of this pitching staff is that you have two really good guys at the top of the rotation and a bunch of guys who can throw strikes," Jamieson said. "It continues to get them repetitions and builds confidence."
But while Jamieson used almost his entire pitching staff, he wasn't worried about running out of bullets.
"I've never had to pitch a position player in my career," Jamieson said with a grin.