Tigers enjoying scoring spree

Sunday, April 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:46 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Missouri shortstop Gary Arndt must feel left out.

Arndt was the only Tiger starter who did not score in Missouri’s 16-11 win against No. 15 Nebraska on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The win gives Missouri a three-game winning streak.

After struggling through its first three conference series, Missouri (24-12-1, 4-7) has rallied, winning the first two games of the three-game series. Saturday was the most runs the Tigers have scored against a conference opponent this season.

“You kind of sense when things are starting to come around a little bit,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. “It’s just a matter of whether we want to stay disciplined.”

James Boone and Jeremy Hernandez have slumped at the plate, but they led the Tigers with four RBIs. Hernandez was 3-for-5 with two runs.

“I just kind of relaxed and came through when we needed it,” Hernandez said.

Boone was 2-for-5, with three of his RBIs coming on a three-run home run that barely stayed inside the left field foul pole in the first inning.

Boone’s home run in the first was part of a five-run inning. The Tigers also scored five in the sixth.

Missouri reliever Erik Dessau was the only pitcher who gained control in a game that had 35 hits.

Dessau entered with two outs in the second, relieving freshman Nathan Culp, who made his first Big 12 Conference start.

“Culp had a bad break today,” Dessau said. “I just tried to come in and do the same job that he was doing, just kind of get them to hit ground balls and fly balls.”

Dessau went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits.

“(Dessau) just stayed on the attack,” Jamieson said. “The fact that we’re scoring runs allows him to stay aggressive.”

Nebraska (25-9, 6-5) struggled defensively, committing five errors, its most this season.

Coach Mike Anderson went to the bullpen five times, with no pitcher lasting more than three innings. Nebraska also allowed seven walks and 18 hits.

Cornhusker pitchers found no easy outs, with every MU starter recording a hit. Lee Laskowski, Hernandez and Kyle Johnson led Missouri with three hits.

Johnson has played in 11 games and made his third start of the season.

“I’ve been working real hard to get into the lineup,” Johnson said. “This hasn’t been the year that I really dreamed of, but it’s going real well right now.”

Missouri looks for its first conference sweep this season at 1 p.m. today at Taylor Stadium. The sweep would help the Tigers move out of last in the Big 12, where they entered the weekend tied with Kansas and Kansas State.

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