COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 25 Mizzou Baseball (31-15-1) put a cap on its strong non-conference schedule this season, defeating Southeast Missouri Wednesday at Taylor Stadium, 21-6.
The 21 runs scored and 21 hits produced by the Tiger offense both marked season-highs. It was Mizzou's first 20-plus runs scored in a game since last year (20, vs. Northeastern - Feb. 24, 2018).
Five Tiger batters finished with multi-RBI performances at the plate, while 13 different individuals produced at least one hit. Junior INF Austin James led the way with three doubles and five RBI. He became the first Tiger to record three doubles in a game since 2014.
#SHOWME TOP PERFORMERS VS. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
- James: 3-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B, 5 RBI
- Chris Cornelius: 4-for-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
- Alex Peterson: 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
- Kameron Misner: 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH STEVE BIESER
On finishing a strong non-conference schedule...
"We left our season-opening Florida trip with four losses this year and we weren't very happy about it. To go the rest of the non-conference season with only one loss, I was really pleased with how we responded."
On (Alex) Peterson's big defensive plays in the first inning, leading to strong offensive response...
"Those were solid plays. That's what we have to continue to do. Play really good defense. We walked some guys and gave up a passed ball, but that's something you see with youth on the mound. You're going to see some mistakes. We knew though that today wouldn't come down to what happened in the first inning. We knew as an offense that we had to score some runs today."
- Mizzou concludes its strong non-conference record this season at 21-5.
- The Tigers opened non-conference play only 2-4, following a shaky season-opening road trip in Florida. Mizzou certainly responded in a big way, winning 19 of its remaining 20 contests against non-Southeastern Conference competition.
- Mizzou remained perfect in Wednesday contests this season, improving its record to 5-0.
- The Tigers advanced their fantastic home record this year to 21-3 after the conclusion of Wednesday's victory.
- It was a rare matchup against a left-handed starting pitcher Wednesday, as Mizzou faced a lefty hurler for only the ninth time this season. The Tigers now own a 5-3-1 record in those ballgames.
- The long ball by Tiger batters often equals positive results, as Cornelius and A. Peterson each produced home runs Wednesday. Mizzou is now 21-5 this season when going yard.
- After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Mizzou's eventual comeback win was its 17th of the season.
Mizzou concludes its 2019 regular season with three consecutive SEC series. The Tigers hit the road this weekend (May 3-5) and next (May 10-12) for contests against No. 23 Tennessee and No. 2 Vanderbilt, respectively. The Tigers will host Florida for their home finale at Taylor Stadium (May 16-18).