Missouri offense sparkles

Monday, March 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:55 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

There was one zero on the scoreboard for the Missouri baseball team after its game against Chicago State on Sunday.

The Tigers won 21-1 and scored in every inning, except the fourth, to complete their first three-game series sweep this season.

The Missouri (18-4-1) offense was merciless for the third straight game, with eight of its 17 hits going for extra bases.

“I think that’s what we needed after last weekend when we didn’t hit the ball too great,” outfielder Hunter Mense said. “I think we picked it up this weekend, so hopefully that carries over.”

Mense, a freshman, hit his first home run Sunday as part of a five-run sixth inning.

Lee Laskowski led off the sixth with a double, and, two batters later, Mense hit one over the right field fence that scored Laskowski.

“I was just trying to get some hits today and it just so happened that I got one up in the wind and it carried out of here,” Mense said.

Cosme Caballero followed Mense with a walk and scored when Trevor Helms hit a triple. Bo Davis then hit another triple, bringing Mense in from third. Davis scored the final run of the inning on a Scott Fritzler wild pitch.

Davis and Laskowski had two extra-base hits that led to three RBIs for Davis and two for Laskowski.

Davis also was 4-for-6 in his first start this season and had 11 putouts at first base, including a diving catch on a line drive by Alexis Galloza in the ninth.

In addition to the sixth, Missouri scored five runs in the eighth and four in the second.

“From our side of it the game was clean,” coach Tim Jamieson said. “It’d be easy to lose concentration in a game like this, but we had guys who went up there and took advantage of their bats.”

Chicago State (1-16) pitching aided in the Tigers’ run total, allowing ten walks, hitting four Missouri batters and throwing five wild pitches. Cougars starter Houston Mad left the game with two outs in the second inning after allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits.

Missouri pitching was solid again, with starter Garrett Broshius moving to 5-0 in his sixth start of the season. Broshius allowed one run on two hits in six innings.

“(Broshius) has been very consistent all year and we need him to do the same thing next weekend,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson said he thinks the team is ready to move into the tougher part of its schedule, which includes a game Wednesday at Southeast Missouri State and the first Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State next weekend.

“I think we have a pretty good idea of who we are and at least how to be our best,” Jamieson said.

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