MU was already in control of the game when Gary Arndt stepped up to the plate in the fourth inning Tuesday against Saint Louis University.
A five-run second inning had already helped to boost the Tigers to an eight-run lead, and starter Stephen Holst had faced just one batter over the minimum.
So Missouri didn’t absolutely need Arndt to crush Justin Wise’s 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall. But the shortstop did anyway, hitting the Tigers’ first grand slam of the season and putting his team well on its way to a 16-0 win at Taylor Stadium.
The home run, which put MU ahead 12-0, was Arndt’s second of the season and Missouri’s first of two on the day. Jacob Priday hit his first home run of the year in the fifth inning.
Holst cruised through 5 2-3 innings while striking out six, and relievers Brant Combs, Nick Admire and Bret Harvel held the Billikens (5-6) to one hit after Holst’s departure.
The Tigers (9-5) chased Saint Louis starter Dave Sever in the second inning. Sever walked the bases loaded to start the inning and Zane Taylor delivered a single to score two runs. After two more walks loaded the bases again, Brock Bond was hit by a pitch to force another run home and give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Derek Chambers hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Missouri’s final run of the inning.
Bond was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a run-scoring double following Priday’s home run in the fifth. Priday went 3-for-3.
The shutout was the Tigers’ second of the year after blanking Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 17. No. 18 Missouri concludes its homestand this weekend with three games against Purdue.