By Kyle Jones
Success, both on the mound and at the plate, spurred Missouri baseball to an emphatic 11-5 win over the Louisiana State Tigers at Taylor Stadium on Sunday.
Temperatures in Columbia at first pitch were in the mid-30s, with winds making it even chillier. But the bats still warmed up well for the Tigers- every batter recorded a hit. The only Missouri batter to not cross home plate was Chris Cornelius, who still contributed with an RBI.
Missouri was also the beneficiary of phenomenal pitching. Starter Art Joven hurled five no-hit innings. Joven ended his outing after 6 and 2/3, allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits with 6 strikeouts. He was credited with the win, moving him to a 3-0 record on the season.
LSU starter Eric Walker, on the other hand, was not as lucky. In 4 innings, Walker surrendered 6 runs on 8 hits. He recorded 3 strikeouts, but this outing raised his ERA to 5.79. LSU only recorded 8 hits on Sunday compared to Missouri’s 14.
Missouri didn’t just make contact- extra base hits were a common occurrence on Sunday, with six of Missouri’s 14 hits going for at least two or more bases. Cornelius, Misner, and Vierling all hit doubles. For LSU Duplantis grabbed a triple. Misner and Ortiz both hit home runs.
Misner’s homer, in particular, was notable. It was a 457-foot moonshot to right-center field encapsulated the tone of Sunday’s game, where LSU had no answer for some on-fire Missouri bats.
Missouri takes on Missouri St. on Tuesday, looking to win three in a row.
Edited by Garrett Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org