The Missouri baseball team had to change its style to defeat Baylor on Saturday night. The Tigers have grown accustomed to quality starts from their pitching rotation in support of its largely inconsistent offense. Saturday, it was Missouri’s bats that secured the team’s 14-11 win over the Bears.
It’s understandable if Missouri was expecting another strong outing from starter Rick Zagone on Saturday. The sophomore left-hander has been nearly unhittable as of late, throwing two complete games in his past three starts including a one-hitter that led to co-national pitcher of the week honors on April 10.
But Zagone’s string of strong starts came to an early close Saturday. Missouri’s No. 2 starter gave up six runs on six hits to the Bears in two innings before being relieved by the team’s No. 3 starter, Greg Folgia.
But Folgia, who normally starts on Sundays, was also unable to fully control Baylor’s bats. Folgia gave up an additional five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings of middle relief.
Two below-average starts from two of Missouri’s most reliable arms might spell doom for the Tigers on most days. But Missouri’s bats provided the team’s pitching staff with a nine-run fourth inning that turned what had been a 7-3 deficit into a comfortable 12-7 lead.
Missouri freshmen Trevor Coleman and Aaron Senne each had a home run in the contest, and junior Jacob Priday continued to work out of his early-season slump with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Seven of Missouri’s nine batters recorded a hit and scored a run.
Freshman Kyle Gibson closed the game for his eighth save of the season. Missouri will go for the series sweep against the Bears today at 1 p.m. in Waco, Texas.