The series between the Missouri and No. 1 Texas was a pitching battle. The Longhorns won that battle Sunday.
Big 12 Conference opponent Texas beat Missouri 16-0 in seven innings in the final game of the three-game series at Taylor Stadium. Missouri won the series 2-1, giving Texas (42-8, 14-6) its first loss in a conference series this season.
After Missouri (27-17-1, 6-11) starters Danny Hill and Garrett Broshuis dominated the first two games, the Tigers had no answer for the Longhorns offense Sunday, allowing 13 hits and six walks to give Texas five unearned runs.
“The difference between the first two days is they were obviously more dialed in at the plate,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. “We made it easier for them to be dialed in at the plate. We got to pitch it better.”
Texas scored one run in the first two games, but displayed its offensive power Sunday, with every starter getting at least a hit and a run. Sunday was the most runs Texas has scored this season and the most the Tigers have allowed.
The Longhorns took a 5-0 lead after three innings then amassed nine runs in the fourth against three Missouri pitchers, who allowed three walks and hit one batter in the inning.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden led the Longhorns with three RBIs and a home run.
“Missouri did a good job this weekend keeping us off balance,” Teagarden said. “It just seemed like we all got hot today at the right time.”
Texas coach Augie Garrido said that though he thinks his team hit better today, the pitching of Hill and Broshuis in the first two games of the series was the reason the Longhorns struggled.
“Those were very well pitched games, and that’s what dominated and separated the two teams,” Garrido said. “Great pitching is the best thing there is in this game.”
After Texas failed to shut down the Missouri offense Friday and Saturday, Longhorns’ starter J.P. Howell dominated the Tigers, earning his 10th win in 12 starts. The win makes Howell the first Longhorn since 2000 to win ten games in consecutive seasons.
Howell, who pitched four innings and allowed one hit, was scheduled to pitch Friday, but a cut on his left foot that required stitches moved his start to Sunday.
“He still doesn’t have the stitches out of there and we wanted to give it as much time to heal as possible,” Garrido said.
Jamieson said Boone, who was experiencing back spasms, is day to day, and Taylor, who is out with a shoulder problem, might play sparingly next weekend. Flanders, who is sitting out with a broken left wrist, will probably be out until the Kansas series May 14-16.
“Maybe this lineup is better, maybe it’s not a coincidence you win two out of three,” Jamieson said. “It provides us more options.”