Tigers showcase hitting

Thursday, March 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:32 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Tigers are swatting flies well right now.

The No. 21 Tigers scored 25 runs Wednesday in their home-opening doubleheader against Ball State. Missouri won 10-0 in five innings in Game 1 and 15-7 in six innings in Game 2.

“We’re not putting anything else in the situation other than we’re taking a bat and using it like a fly swatter and when the ball comes into the zone, let’s drive it,” Singleton said. “It may sound very simple, but they’re doing a good job with that approach.”

Redshirt freshman Micaela Minner led the Tigers (17-2) in both games, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs.

With nine home runs this season, Minner is tied for fourth on the Missouri single season home runs list and tied for seventh for career home runs. Minner was not the only standout for the Tigers, who combined for 25 hits.

“I’m just really in the zone and focused right now and we came together as a team offensively today,” Minner said.

After dominating the Cardinals (3-11) in Game 1 behind a no-hitter from freshman Jen Bruck (8-1), the Tigers fell behind 4-0 in Game 2. The Cardinals’ success was short-lived, as the Tigers struck back with 10 unanswered runs.

“We really don’t worry about getting behind,” Bruck said. “We have a good enough offense where we are always producing runs. It doesn’t really faze us. We know we are going to come back.”

A passed ball and one of three Tigers errors allowed the Cardinals to score three runs in the fifth. The seven runs Missouri gave up in Game 2 are the most this season.

“I was just a little disappointed with the defense in the second game with some passed balls and being tentative in some situations,” Singleton said. “But other than that, I couldn’t be more pleased with our offense with driving the ball, and you know that’s always fun to watch.”

The Tigers ended the second game with a five-run sixth inning.

In the first game, Bruck struck out five batters and allowed two walks in five innings on her way to her first no-hitter. The Missouri hitters scored all 10 runs in the second and third innings on eight hits.

Missouri is off to its best start in a decade.

“I think we can keep going,” Singleton said. “This team is focused on winning the Big 12 and winning regionals and going to the World Series. This team wants to win a national championship.”

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