Billikens defeat MU, end streak

St. Louis ends eight-year losing streak at Taylor Stadium.
Thursday, April 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:52 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Saint Louis was happy to see a lengthy streak end Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Billikens beat Missouri 3-1, claiming their first win in 13 meetings to end an eight-year losing streak at Taylor Stadium. The loss extends Missouri’s losing streak to three, after losses Saturday and Sunday to Baylor.

The Tigers struggled at the plate Wednesday and allowed St. Louis (9-20) to score on defensive mistakes.

“We were bad offensively,” coach Tim Jamieson said. “There’s no other way to put it. We swung at a lot of bad pitches early in the game.”

The Tigers (21-9-1) were 2-for-17 with runners on base and managed seven hits against a team that came into Wednesday having lost 11 of 13.

Bungles boost Billikens

The Billikens scored in the first inning when starter Nathan Culp walked leadoff hitter Michael Crane, who then reached second when catcher Tyler Williams allowed a passed ball. Pat Steinhoff followed with a double that scored Crane.

“Each one of their runs, in my opinion, we give them,” Jamieson said. “A leadoff walk, a fly ball that we need to catch and then a couple errors. That’s the difference when you’re only scoring one run yourself.”

Saint Louis added one run in the seventh and another in the ninth.

The Billikens entered the ninth leading 2-1. Drew Eder reached base when shortstop Gary Arndt misplayed a routine grounder. Eder advanced to third when Williams threw the ball into center field trying to catch Eder stealing. A Mark Hankes single scored Eder to make it 3-1.

Culp settled after giving up one run in the first, allowing three hits and one walk in six innings.

“I felt good out there,” he said. “I was able to get my fastball and curveball working pretty well, so I kept them off balance.”

Culp said the pitching and hitting have had trouble clicking at the same time lately.

“Sometimes it’s like we just don’t show up,” Culp said.

The Tigers’ run came in the eighth when Cody Ehlers hit his 10th home run of the year to center field off reliever Joe Buehler.

James Boone was the other bright spot for Missouri offensively, going 3-for-4, with three singles.

“We hit a few balls hard that they caught, but overall we struggled at the plate, especially with guys in scoring position,” Boone said.

The road ahead

Missouri’s schedule does not get easier. This weekend the Tigers travel to Ehlers and Boone’s home state of Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in a three-game series starting Friday.

Oklahoma is No. 22 in the Baseball America poll and is second in the Big 12 Conference behind Texas with a 7-2 record.

“I’m not worried about (Oklahoma) having momentum, I’m worried about us,” Jamieson said. “We got to figure out a way to get it back.”

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