Baylor (24-7, 11-0) extended its win streak to 13 with a 5-3 victory over Missouri on Friday night behind its rallying cry, "feed the beaver."
The slogan began as a tribute to a beaver from the Brazos River that visits the parking lot of Baylor's stadium every day to eat acorns. As the Bears have continued their hot streak, fans have paid tribute with a Twitter account, and players adopted the phrase as they arrived in Columbia for the team's first road series.
♦ Tigers downed again by Bears, 5-3 (The Maneater)
With Baylor’s Josh Turley for a 3-1 loss Thursday and Trent Blank in a 5-3 defeat Friday, the Tigers (16-13, 3-5 Big 12 Conference) have matched up against pitchers that have pounded the zone and nibbled the corners, all while mixing effective off-speed pitches and breaking balls.
Therefore, Tim Jamieson’s lineup has to be patient at the plate and put the ball in play, especially hard to the opposite field, to get rallies going and produce offense.
That approach, combined with some timely errors, gave the Tigers multiple scoring chances Friday. However, Missouri was chronically at a lack for the clutch hit, leaving 11 runners on base and dropping its third straight game.
“These guys try to keep you off balance and work both sides of the plate,” senior third baseman Conner Mach said. “You’ve got to tip your hat. They threw a lot of strikes these last couple of games.”
♦ Bears deal Tigers a third straight loss as offense struggles to create runs (Columbia Tribune)
"You look at it as: We're making the game too hard. It doesn't have to be that hard," MU Coach Tim Jamieson said. "It's close games, but it's games where we should be ahead by small amounts, not behind by small amounts."
♦ Baylor wins 13th in a row (kwtx.com)
Scott Sommerfeld had the Tigers’ only multi-hit game in a 2-for-5 effort with three strikeouts. Missouri starting pitcher Blake Holovach (5-1) took his first loss of the season by allowing four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.♦ Mizzou loses series as Baylor extends winning record (KBIASportsExtra.com)
Several good photos at this linkMU IN THE MAJORS
Tigers' Max Scherzer entertained by fan suggestions for new walkout music (mlive.com)
Scherzer asked his Twitter followers Friday for suggestions for new walkout music to be played before his starts this season and got a good number of responses.
"One of the funnier ones was, 'Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,' " Scherzer said, laughing. "I actually did Youtube that and listen to it and see if that was even going to be usable. But obviously not. I thought that was kind of funny."