Sophomore pitcher Max Scherzer was so dominant in Missouri's 7-1 victory against Eastern Michigan on Friday he was boring his teammates.
"Playing in the outfield, it gets real monotonous because he'll just throw it by them," outfielder Hunter Mense said. "When you do get a ball hit to you, you're kind of surprised."
Scherzer struck out 13 in six innings of work for his second win of the season and the Tigers (7-3) won their home opener for the third year in a row.
Sophomore shortstop Gary Arndt provided all the offense the Tigers would need with a bases-loaded triple with two outs in the second inning. Mense sent 2-for-4 with two doubles and Trevor Helms had an RBI single in his only plate appearance.
But it was Scherzer's night. The lanky right-hander started mowing down Eagles early, with two strikeouts in the each of the first three innings. He then struck out the side in the fourth between a hit, a walk and a hit batter. He ended his night in the sixth with a called strikeout of pinch hitter Ben Jones.
"He had pretty good stuff," coach Tim Jamieson said. "The ball was getting up there pretty quick. That, and his slider was working pretty good tonight too, so he had two pitches to attack with."
The Tigers were 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base, but Arndt drove in three with his triple. He fouled off two two-strike pitches before drilling a fastball against the base of the right-field wall, barely out of rightfielder Ryan Arnett's reach.
"I was expecting a fastball, and I was just trying to put it in play and see what happened," Arndt said. "Hoped the wind took it, and it did."