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Offense shines in MU baseball win

The Tigers hit five home runs in the win over Chicago State.
Saturday, March 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:53 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It may be a long weekend for the Chicago State baseball team.

The Cougars lost 19-2 Friday night to a Missouri (16-4-1) team that is gearing up for its first Big 12 series next weekend against Kansas State.

After struggling on Wednesday during a disappointing loss to Illinois State, the Tiger offense was relentless, hitting five home runs as part of a 20-hit effort.

Brad Flanders, who had not hit a home run since he hit three Feb. 21 against Coastal Carolina, accounted for two of Missouri's home runs. Flanders hit a three-run home run to left field in the second inning and added a two-run line drive into the left field bullpen in the seventh.

"I'm just trying to get out of a little that slump I've been in," Flanders said. "I saw (the ball) well tonight and I'm getting more comfortable at the plate."

Flanders' home run in the second was part of a five-run inning. Jeremy Hernandez followed Flanders with a triple and scored when Gary Arndt singled into center field. Arndt then scored the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Rallo after advancing to third on a Tyler Williams double.

Arndt contributed to the home run total in the third, hitting his first of the season. Lee Laskowski also homered in the third, with a lead off blast to left field. The other runs of the third came when Hernandez doubled to center field to score James Boone and Brad Flanders, who had both singled and advanced on a Nick Benish balk.

The final Missouri home run came in the eighth when Cody Ehlers drove one over the center field fence to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

"I think we're at a stage where this is good for us," Missouri Coach Tim Jamieson said. "You want to play the best competition that you can play, but it's also nice to inflate your confidence a little bit."

Pitcher Danny Hill displayed confidence Friday, striking out 11 and allowing two runs on two hits.

Hill faltered in the second when he gave up a home run to Elliot Reyes that scored Brandon Roberson, who led off the inning with a single. The home run was Reyes' first for Chicago State.

Hill recovered, though, holding the Cougars (1-14) hitless until he left the game after the seventh.

"Every outing I've had I've given up something and then shut them down after that," Hill said. "I've had some tough breaks before, but I didn't really doubt myself."


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