COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team’s 0-6 record is the worst start the program has had, leaving many of the Tigers wondering what happened to the confident bunch they were just a few weeks ago.
Head coach Tim Jamieson admitted he saw a change in his team during the first game of the season.
“Our whole personality changed in one day,” Jamieson said. “That’s something right now that it’s difficult to go back to where we were because they’re feeling the present right now.”
The present the Tigers are faced with is bleak. In six games, the Tigers have scored only 11 runs. Even so, they have found themselves in positions to win late in games, but let the opportunities slip away. In its second game against Memphis, Missouri allowed three runs in the seventh inning, surrendering the lead for good. The next day, a five-run eighth inning for Memphis sealed Missouri’s fate again.
“When you’re not scoring runs, any mistake is magnified, especially late in the game,” Jamieson said. “And that’s when we’re making the majority of our mistakes.”
Sophomore pitcher John Miles, a former Rock Bridge standout, said he still thinks the Tigers possess the personnel and talent to be successful but alluded to an issue with team chemistry.
“Right now we’re like a bunch of Legos, and the pieces aren’t quite meshing,” Miles said. “That’s the best way to describe it. We have very good building blocks except we can’t quite fit them together.”
While addressing his team’s struggles Jamieson said, “It’s about as bad as it can get.” He pointed to ineffective pitching, poor play in the field and an inability to generate consistent offense as major hurdles.
With a lot to fix, Jamieson is hoping a change of scenery will catalyze a recovery.
“Playing at home is the best cure that we can have right now,” Jamieson said. “Whatever advantage we can gain, we need to take it.”
Missouri will open its home schedule Tuesday after canceling its scheduled home-opening series against Northwestern because of heavy snowfall in Columbia last week. Missouri moved the start time for Tuesday’s game to 4 p.m. as there is a forecast for cold weather.