MU baseball splits doubleheader against Illinois-Chicago

Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 12:14 a.m. CST; updated 12:35 a.m. CST, Sunday, March 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team beat Illinois-Chicago 11-4 after losing its first game 11-7 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

The Tigers (3-6) won the second game by drawing 15 walks and were aided by four UIC errors. It was the most walks for the Tigers since they drew 15 walks against Nevada on Feb. 20, 2009.

Missouri freshman starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny (1-1) earned his first collegiate win by pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs, walking three, and striking out four.

In the first game, it was Missouri's five errors and two wild pitches that led to five unearned runs by Illinois-Chicago.

Missouri's starter, junior Matt Stites (0-1), got knocked out of the game after four innings. He gave up six hits, six runs, four of which were earned, four walks, and four strikeouts.

In each of Saturday's two games, Missouri center fielder and leadoff hitter Brannon Champagne went 2-for-3 and had two walks.

The Tigers will finish up their three-game series against Illinois-Chicago at noon on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

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