After his Missouri baseball team lost to Southeast Missouri State in extra innings a week ago, coach Tim Jamieson had a lesson for his players.
“It was just to be better prepared, to be more aggressive,” Jamieson said. “Recognize that you have a target on your back, not just because we’re ranked but because we’re Mizzou, and any time you play SEMO … that’s a big game for them.”
Wednesday the Tigers proved they are quick learners.
The No. 13 Tigers didn’t give the Redhawks a chance, scoring six second-inning runs on their way to a 10-2 win at Taylor Stadium.
Jamieson said that when Wednesday rolled around, the coaching staff didn’t have to repeat the lessons from the 8-5 loss to the Redhawks (12-19) on April 6 in Cape Girardeau.
“We didn’t tell them anything,” he said. “We addressed last week last week. We got our point across to them last week, and they came out ready to play a lot better tonight.”
After three walks and three soft base hits drove in three runs in the second, junior center fielder James Boone delivered the inning’s big blow with the bases loaded. He drilled a triple into the left-center field gap, clearing the bases and giving MU (27-6) a comfortable 6-0 margin.
“It was a 3-1 pitch, a fastball,” Boone said. “He pretty much just tried to get it over the plate, because he didn’t want to walk me and give a free run. He just threw it in there and I happened to drive it into the gap.”
Boone’s RBIs give him 57 for the season. His previous career high was 37.
The first two batters in MU’s lineup, juniors Trevor Helms and Zane Taylor, combined for three hits, four runs scored and five RBIs.
“That’s what the top of the order does,” Boone said. “Trevor did a very good job of being a sparkplug, and that’s what we need from the one-hole… When they’re on base, it’s RBI time.”
Taylor was 1-for-2 with three walks and three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the seventh inning. After starting the year 5-for-35, Taylor has hit well lately.
Nick Admire and Michael Cole combined to no-hit Southeast Missouri State through the first five innings, a stark contrast from last week, when the Redhawks scored five runs in the first four innings.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been down to SEMO on free beer night, but the atmosphere was less than comforting,” Jamieson said. “I think more than anything else, the pitchers were ready (Wednesday).”