Mizzou took game two of a two-game series against Indiana State, 12-2, on Wednesday to move to 19-19 on the season.
Once again, Tim Jamieson's team used the "Johnny Wholestaff" approach and, once again, it worked. The ten pitchers that made up "Johnny Wholestaff" were Phil McCormick, Kelly Fick, Nick Tepesch, Ian Berger, Ryan Gargano, Tyler Clark, Jeff Emens, Brian Carr, Ryan Allen, and Brad Buehler. The only pitcher to give up any runs was Allen, who gave up 2 in his 1 inning of work.
"[Johnny Wholestaff] has been pretty consistent all year," Jamieson said.
Mizzou struck first in the 3rd, when Aaron Senne hit a sacrifice fly to score Austin Holt. Senne was 2-2 on the day with 1 RBI.
The Tigers used a big 4th inning to break the game open. Mizzou put 6 runs on the board with 7 hits, including a couple of RBI doubles by Ryan Lollis and Greg Folgia. In total, the Tigers sent 11 batters to the plate in the big inning and pushed their lead to 7-0.
With the huge 4th inning, it seems that the team has broken out of their hitting slump, and the teams says it isn't just luck.
"We're staying back more, not jumping after it, or trying to do too much. We're just trying to work counts…trying to put good swings on it," Folgia said.
Mizzou tacked on 2 runs in the 5th inning off of an Indiana State error and another Folgia RBI double.
The Sycamores put their lone 2 runs on the board in the 8th inning with an RBI doubles from Tyler Graham and a single Koby Kraemer that scored Graham when Ryan Lollis misplayed the ball in right field.
The Tigers did not seem to appreciate losing their shutout, so they came back with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 8th inning. Michael Liberto, Ryan Lollis, and Folgia drove in the three runs in the 8th.
Folgia and Steve Gray each registered 3 hits against the Sycamores, and they combined to drive in 4 of the Tigers' 12 runs.
"I was seeing the ball well today, and I got some pitches to hit, and things worked out," Gray said of his day.
The offensive output in the 2-game series was a welcome sight for Mizzou. It was the first time all season that the team put up at least 8 runs in back to back games.
"Everyone's been swinging it well," Senne said. "We had a lot of great at bats this series, in both games. It showed on the scoreboard; 8 runs, and then 12. We're playing good defense and getting a lot of good pitching from a lot of different guys."
The team's manager seems to think that this is a sign of things to come.
"2 days in a row, you guys have asked before, ‘is hitting contagious?', well maybe it's starting to be that way. We've got guys up and down the lineup taking good swings," Jamieson said.
The sweep of the Sycamores was the first of the season for the Tigers, albeit one of the 2-game variety. Mizzou hopes to continue their winning streak when they travel to Manhattan, KS for a weekend series against the newly ranked Kansas State Wildcats. The first pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 PM central time.