Despite woes, Tigers roll by Chicago State

Sunday, March 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:16 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

The score was one of the few things that went right for the Missouri baseball team Saturday.

The Tigers defeated Chicago State 8-1 at Taylor Stadium in a game that included numerous base running miscues, confusion about the rules and a powerful wind that made judging fly balls a challenge.

Missouri, which started the series with a 19-2 win Friday, improved to 17-4-1, and Chicago State is 1-15.

“It was kind of a crazy game,” Tigers first baseman Cody Ehlers said. “The wind will do that every time. It makes for an interesting game.”

Missouri was able to put together an impressive offensive effort, including 13 hits, despite poor base running.

The majority of the Tigers’ runs came in the sixth inning.

Zane Taylor led off with a single and advanced to third after Ryan Rallo singled and Chicago State’s Paul Darby balked. Taylor scored when first baseman B.J. Guyse committed an error on an Ehlers grounder, and Rallo scored from second when Lee Laskowski doubled.

James Boone came up next and singled to drive in Ehlers, and Jeremy Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Laskowski from third.

Missouri had a chance to score another run when third baseman Elliott Reyes misplayed a Brad Flanders infield fly, but Reyes was able to tag Boone as he sprinted toward home after coming from second.

In addition to that base-running mishap, Boone was tagged trying to reach second after shortstop Jonathan Sakurai misplayed a grounder in the eighth and Hernandez was tagged at second after misunderstanding an obstruction call after he singled in the third.

“(Boone) was just trying to make something happen and made some bad decisions,” MU coach Tim Jamieson said. “You learn by making mistakes and hopefully we can learn from that.”

Ehlers was effective at the plate for Missouri, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs to extend his hitting streak to 10.

“It seems like everyone is starting to feel a little better as a team, and once you do that you can have some individuals put a couple good at-bats together,” Ehlers said.

Hernandez also hit well, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a two-run home run in the eighth that scored Ehlers, who led off with a single.

Erik Dessau earned his fifth win in six starts, giving up five hits and one run in five innings.

Although it was not Dessau’s best outing, the defense was strong, including Hernandez’s six putouts.

“Without (Hernandez), I probably would have been out a lot sooner that I was,” Dessau said. “It was great a great team effort today. They picked me up when I was struggling.”

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