Junior Brett Nicholas
Feb. 28, 2010
AUBURN, Ala.- - Boston College handed the Missouri baseball team a 14-6 loss on Sunday in the final day of action at the Auburn Classic. The loss snaps the Tigers' four-game winning streak.
The Tigers fall to 4-2 on the season, while Boston College improves to 3-3.
Boston College struck quickly, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. All three runs crossed the plate on a home run by John Spatola. In addition to the homer, the Eagles got a lead off triple from Robbie Anston and a single by Anthony Melchionda.
The Tigers cut the lead to one with a three-run bottom of the second inning. Two runs scored on a single by senior Michael Liberto and the final run of the frame came on a single by sophomore Russell LaFleur.
Senior Aaron Senne hit his third home run in two days as he delivered a solo homer in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at four. The home run was the fourth of the year for Senne and the 30th of his career. He now stands alone in ninth place on the career homers list at Missouri.
The Tigers found themselves back in a hole after a six-run fourth inning for Boston College. The Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth and got back-to-back home runs from Spatola, his second of the game, and Marc Perdois.
Missouri got two runs back as the first two Tigers to the plate in the fifth inning reached and scored. Junior Brett Nicholas led off the fifth with a double and scored on a base hit by junior Jonah Schmidt. Schmidt would score later in the inning on a ground out by junior Andrew Thigpen.
Boston College used five hits, including three-consecutive triples, to put up four runs in the top of the eighth inning to extend its lead to 14-6.
Next week, Missouri will travel to Houston, Texas, where it will take part in the Houston College Classic. Action begins on Sunday, when the Tigers will take on University of Houston at 3:30 p.m.
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