COLUMBIA — Even when Aaron Senne couldn’t seem to hit home runs last season, he still hit a lot of doubles.
In Tuesday’s 22-14 win against Purdue at Taylor Stadium, Missouri's first basemen hit his 57th and 58th career doubles, breaking the record for most doubles by a Missouri player.
Senne said he knew it set a record, but that wasn’t his main focus.
“I’d heard about it from teammates and family members, but it is what it is,” Senne said. “It was a good feeling. It was cool knowing that right now I’m in the record books somewhere. At the same time, just trying to get on base and help us win. That’s just an added bonus.”
Senne went 5-for-5 on the day, including a home run to go with his two doubles. As a team, Missouri (14-8) hit five home runs. Senne said he wasn’t worried about his teammates trying to steal his thunder.
“I love it,” Senne said. “I’m happy to see that. When our lineup’s swinging it like this, not too many teams are going to be able to keep with us. It’s awesome to see, and we just need to keep it rolling.”
Coach Tim Jamieson has coached Senne, a senior, for the past four years. Jamieson said when Senne only hit six home runs last season it didn’t mean he lost his power.
“He’s got a high slugging percentage,” Jamieson said. “He’s got the power to drive the ball past the outfielders. Even if it’s not high enough to go out for a home run.”
Jamieson said Senne has always been a selfless player.
“Aaron will take it in stride,” Jamieson said. “He’s one of those guys, individual accolades don’t mean a whole lot to him.”
Jamieson said even though Senne won’t show much emotion, it is great to see Senne’s hard work and team-first attitude pay off.
“I didn’t realize that he would break it this quickly in the year,” Jamieson said. “It’s always a win-win when you get a chance to see one of your guy’s break a record even though it broke one of my other guy’s records.”
Freshman second baseman Eric Garcia hit two home runs in the game, including a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. Garcia was not aware of his teammate’s record-breaking hit.
“I didn’t even know that,” Garcia said. “I am now, though. That’s amazing. He had a heck of a day today. I’ve got to jump on him about that one.”
Senne, one of two seniors on the team, said there is no way that any freshman is going to haze him.
“Heck no,” Senne said, holding back a smile. “That’s your answer. We’ll see what happens if they try that.”
Missouri plays Purdue at 1 p.m., Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.