The seniors on the Missouri baseball team avoided a shameful career mark with a win Sunday against Kansas State.
Missouri’s 12-0 win at Taylor Stadium helped the Tigers avoid their fourth straight sweep in a Big 12 Conference opening series.
After a two-hour rain delay, the game ended after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.
Cody Ehlers, Missouri’s senior first baseman, led the Tigers (20-6-1, 1-2) at the plate for the second straight day. Ehlers hit two of Missouri’s four home runs and was 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
“Coach (Tim Jamieson) brought the senior hitters up and told us that we need to kind of be the role models and step up and play,” Ehlers said.
Ehlers hit a home run Saturday in the Tigers’ 6-4 loss to the Wildcats.
Ehlers’ first home run Sunday came in the first inning and scored James Boone to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. After Ehlers hit his second home run in the third, a high fly ball to right field, senior Ryan Rallo followed with a home run to left to give Missouri a 4-0 lead.
“We just weren’t taking care of business the past two days and we did today,” Rallo said.
The Tigers scored six runs in the fifth.
Jeremy Hernandez led off with a walk and scored on a Zane Taylor home run to right that hit the top of Daniel J. Devine Pavilion, well beyond the 420-foot foot sign attached to the side of the pavilion.
“I’ve been here for five years and I’ve seen a lot against us and a lot for us,” Rallo said. “That is, if not the best, it’s tied for the best bomb.”
Boone followed Taylor with a triple and scored when Ehlers singled. Rallo then doubled to drive in Lee Laskowski, who reached when pitcher Chris Huseman hit him in the forearm. Ehlers and Rallo scored the final runs of the inning on a Brad Flanders single.
Kansas State (19-7, 2-1) was unable to string hits together against starter Garrett Broshius, who pitched a complete game. Broshius allowed two hits, two walks and struck out seven batters.
Broshius moved to 6-0 in his seventh start.
“I think that’s the first (complete game) of my career,” Broshius said. “It’s not a nine-inning one, but I’ll take it for sure.”
The Wildcats struggled offensively and defensively after capitalizing on Missouri’s mistakes to win the first two games.
Starter Jim Ripley, who entered the game 3-0 in four starts with a 2.45 ERA, lasted two innings and allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits. Ripley also balked twice in the first.
Missouri was more effective against the Wildcats’ pitchers Sunday, getting 13 hits, with seven going for extra bases.
“We’re certainly capable of an offensive attack like that, but we have to be focused, and we have to get good pitches to hit and we did,” Jamieson said.