Missouri baseball extends win streak to 10 with shutout

Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 8:05 p.m. CDT; updated 9:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 17, 2012
Missouri baseball catcher Ben Turner's teammates celebrate as he crosses home plate after an out-of-the-park home run. Turner put points on the board for the Tigers to help them defeat High Point 4-0 on Saturday. Missouri has won two games in the three game series. The final match up will start at noon Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

The competition between the Missouri and High Point baseball teams started way before the first pitch of the game on Saturday. 

During the one hour, 40 minute rain delay, the relief pitchers from the two teams set up pyramids made of cups outside their respective dugouts and took turns rolling baseballs across home plate, attempting to topple the other team's tower.

When Missouri pitcher Michael McGraw struck High Point's pyramid after several players missed, the celebration rivaled the team's excitement after its walk-off win the night before.

The relaxed atmosphere in the Tigers' dugout continued after the game once Missouri defeated High Point by a score of 4-0 to extend its winning streak to 10 games. 

Outfielder Blake Brown said the team's winning streak has made for a much better atmosphere than last year's slow start. 

"Last year with the bad start we had, it was very negative," he said. "You'd get in the locker room after the game and everybody would be just kind of moping around. Now we get in there, we're blaring music as loud as we can. Everybody's dancing for a good 20 minutes before we even change into our street clothes and get out there."

Missouri coach Tim Jamieson had no problem with the pregame shenanigans.

"I thought that was creative, and the timing was right," Jamieson said. "That's what college athletics is supposed to be like." 

Missouri's team was carried to the victory by starting pitcher Blake Holovach, who allowed four hits in a complete game. 

Holovach, who started the season in the bullpen, improved his record to 3-0 with the win. Although he prefers to be in a starting role, Holovach said his experience as a reliever helped him wait through the lengthy rain delay. 

Catcher Ben Turner said Holovach has been much more comfortable since regaining his starting role.

"Coming out of the bullpen, he was a little bit iffy on what he was doing because I feel like he'd never been in that role before," Turner said. "He looks like he's in a lot better rhythm and throwing a lot better."

With the complete game, Missouri's bullpen will be fully rested for Sunday's series finale against the Panthers. Freshman Brandon Platts will get his first weekend start in the game at noon. 

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