“I was a little rusty,” Anderson said. “The first two pitches, I got up there and I tried to be someone I’m not. My location and my spotting up weren’t really there for me.”
Anderson’s outing didn’t go quite as well as planned. He was pulled after giving up six hits and three earned runs in only two innings. Luckily for Anderson, the Tigers’ bats were out in full force as they defeated the Central Arkansas Bears, 11-4. It was Mizzou’s seventh win in their last eight games. Senior Jonah Schmidt was the catalyst for the Tigers, scoring three runs off of three hits.
■ Baseball tops Central Arkansas (KOMU - video included)
The Tigers got on the board in the second inning as the first five batters in the frame reached base safely, due in large part to three straight walks by UCA starter Dustin Ward. That made way for Scott Sommerfeld, who laced a bases-loaded single up the middle, driving in two runs and putting the Tigers on top, 2-1. Jesse Santo then singled to drive in another run while Jonah Schmidt and Conner Mach also drove in runs with singles in the inning. Santo also scored on a wild pitch to round out the six-run frame for the Tigers.
■ Early scoring binge bolsters Missouri Baesball team against Central Arkansas (columbiamissourian.com)
"Scoring first allows your pitcher to relax a little bit, but you need to continue to score," Jamieson said. "That's what we did tonight."
Missouri didn't technically score first. Central Arkansas picked up one in the first inning. But the runs came often enough to make it seem that way. The Tigers added another run in the fifth and four more in the sixth.