Feb. 27, 2005
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - -
A run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Memphis a 7-6 win over Mizzou on Sunday at the Service Academy Spring Classic in Millington, Tenn. Despite the loss on Sunday, the Tigers take home the tournament title winning the tiebreakers.
With the score tied at six in the bottom of the ninth, Memphis' Patrick Hope led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a ground out by Chad House. That was followed by a single by Jordan Tolliver to right field to drive in Hope with the game-winning run.
Mizzou (6-2) took the early lead in the game. For the third time in three games this weekend, Mizzou batted around in the first inning, putting four runs on the board in its first at-bat on Sunday after scoring six on Friday and five on Saturday. Three of the four runs scored in Sunday's top of the first came when sophomore Hunter Mense connected for his first home run of the season, a shot deep over the wall in right.
Memphis would answer by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning on four hits to go along with an error by Missouri, making it a one run game after one. Memphis would take the lead away from MU with two more runs in the second inning. It was the first time in the tournament that the Tigers trailed.
Sophomores John McKee and Mense led off the fifth with back-to-back singles and McKee would later score when freshman Jacob Priday reached on a fielder's choice.
Memphis would quickly retake the lead when Ryan Martin homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning. Prior to the home run by Martin, MU starter Nick Admire had retired the previous seven batters.
Missouri tied the game at six after plating a run in the top of the eighth inning. Priday would double to lead off the top of the eighth inning for his second hit of the day and his seventh of the weekend. He would score when sophomore Gary Arndt singled later in the inning.
The Tigers threatened to take the lead in the top of the ninth as they loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to push across a run.
Mizzou will travel to Murray, Kent. to face Murray State at 2 p.m. on Monday in a game recently added to the schedule. This weekend, MU will open up its home schedule with a three-games series against Eastern Michigan, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Taylor Stadium.
All of MU's games are broadcast on KTGR Radio (1580 AM in Columbia) and can be heard online at www.KTGR.com with Tex Little and Luke Cassis calling the action.