The University of Missouri(1-0) baseball team took advantage of 15 walks to defeat Nevada(1-1) 12-1 in the second game of a tournament being hosted at Grand Canyon University’s Brazell Field in Phoenix, Ariz. The Wolf Pack is 1-1 on the season while the tenth ranked Tigers improved to 1-0.
Five Pack pitchers were used in the game and surrendered 15 walks and threw seven wild pitches on the night. Eight of the 15 players walked came around to score. Meanwhile Tiger All-America pitcher Kyle Gibson (1-0) allowed just three hits and one unearned run while striking out six to earn the win.
The Tigers broke open a 2-1 game with four in the fifth inning and added five more in the seventh on the way to the easy victory.
Shortstop Kevin Rodland had one of the Pack’s three hits in the game leading off the bottom of the first inning with a single to extend his hit streak to 13-games.
Missouri center fielder Ryan Lollis (2-for-3,3R,2RBI) and second baseman Andrew Thigpen (2-for-4,R,RBI) had two hits apiece to lead the Tigers. Lollis and left fielder Greg Folgia drove in two runs each.
Pack starter Chris Garcia (0-1) allowed six runs, five earned in 4.1 innings and was tagged with the loss.
Nevada will play Gonzaga for the second time in the tournament on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Pacific. The Pack rallied for a 7-4 victory over the Zags in the first game on Friday.