So much for Missouri struggling to pitch on the road in the Big 12 Conference.
Left-hander Rob Zastryzny silenced the Texas Tech offense in tossing his first career complete game, and the Missouri Tigers blasted Tech starter John Neely for seven runs in the fourth inning for a 9-0 trouncing of the Red Raiders in the opener of a three-game Big 12 series Friday night at Rip Griffin Park.
“It felt good to finally throw in the ninth inning for once. That’s the first time I’d ever done that in my life, actually,” Zastryzny said.
♦ Daily Diatribe (doubletnation.com)
Well, Texas Tech was embarrassed at home by losing to Missouri, 9-0 (official site). LAJ's George Watson recaps the game and reports that no players were made available to the media last night. This thing is going down incredibly fast.♦ Ross emerges as MU's dependable closer (Columbia Tribune)
Ross, the Tigers' closer, has a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings against Big 12 competition. Last weekend against Kansas State, Ross picked up a win Saturday and a save Sunday to help Missouri sweep the Wildcats and gain valuable separation in the standings.
"The guy's going to come in and get you big outs when you need them," pitching coach Matt Hobbs said. "He's got the right mentality for it."
The role of closer might be too confining to describe Ross. The Tigers aren't afraid to use him in any situation.