The Missouri bats broke out in a big way in the Tigers' first game of the Wake Forest Invitational. Missouri romped to a 15-3 win over Radford on Friday that included a 10-run sixth inning.
The Tigers got off to a quick start, scoring one run in the first inning and two in both the second and third frames. Former Rock Bridge pitcher John Miles kept the Highlanders' bats quiet, throwing four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the fifth.
Missouri put the game way out of reach in the next inning, though. Freshman outfielder Jake Ring started the scoring by walking, advancing to second on a wild pitch and coming home on single by Dillon Everett.
Sophomore infielder Josh Lester then singled, and fellow infielder Shane Segovia walked to load the bases for the Tigers. Everett scored on a sacrifice fly by Kendall Keeton. Dylan Kelly then flied out before Sean Ullrich was hit by a pitch to load the bases again.
Radford didn't record the third out until Missouri had scored eight more runs. Two-RBI singles by Everett and Zach Lavy, a three-RBI double by Segovia and a bases-loaded walk by Ring gave the Tigers 10 runs in the frame, the most they have scored in a single inning since putting up a 10-spot against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 24, 2010.
The Missouri bullpen took over for Miles in the sixth. Sophomore right-hander Peter Fairbanks surrendered a run in the seventh — the first off a Tiger reliever this season — but Radford was never close to mounting a comeback.
The win puts the Tigers' record at 3-1. They face Wake Forest at 3 p.m. Saturday.