SAUGET, ILL — No. 17 Missouri defeated Illinois, 12-5, Tuesday in a wood bat game. The Tigers hit three home runs in the game and picked up their 36th win of the season.
The game was delayed two batters into the bottom of the first inning due to heavy rain and play was suspended for just over an hour.
On the first pitch following the rain delay, Illinois’ Lars Davis doubled to center and Mike Rhode followed with an RBI single to tie the game.
Missouri freshman Aaron Senne and senior John McKee hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the fourth inning. Senne’s homer was a three-run shot and was his second home run in as many games and his fourth of the year. McKee’s was his sixth of the season.
Bond hit the third home run of the night for the Tigers and his first of the season with a three-run round-tripper in the seventh inning.
The Tigers will close out the regular season with a three-game series against Oklahoma State this weekend in Stillwater, Okla. The series will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with games to follow at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.