Feb. 29, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- -
Mizzou opened play in the USD Tournament in San Diego with a 7-5 win over Cal on Friday at Tony Gwynn Field. Sophomore Aaron Senne drove in five runs in the victory, as the Tigers improved to 4-1 on the year.
Junior Aaron Crow struck out a career-high 10 batters and took the win to move to 2-0 on the year. He allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings on the mound for the Tigers. Crow retired seven-consecutive batters at one point, including five by strikeouts.
MU scored five times in the bottom of the first inning after falling behind when Cal's David Cooper hit a two-run home run in the top of the first. Four of the five runs scored by MU in the first inning came on a grand slam by Senne, his eighth career home run and first grand slam. It was the first grand slam for Mizzou since Ryan Lollis hit one against Florida International last February. The fifth run of the inning came on freshman T.J. Schieber's RBI double, the fifth hit of the inning for Missouri.
Senne drove in his fifth run of the game with a single in the bottom of the fourth inning. He finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and the five RBI. Senne was the last Tiger with a five-RBI game, when he drove in six against Oklahoma on May 13, 2007. His RBI total for the season now stands at nine, tying senior Jacob Priday for the team lead.
Priday drove in his ninth run of the season with a double in the second inning against Cal and finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon. Senior Kurt Calvert also had three hits in the game, going 3-for-5, including triples in back-to-back plate appearances. Calvert has had a hit in all four games he has played in this season and is the first Tiger to have two triples in a game since James Boone did it against Texas Tech in April of 2005.
Cal scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut the lead to two at 7-5, but the Tigers got solid pitching out of the bullpen by freshman Kelly Fick
and sophomore Ryan Allen
to close out the game. In the ninth, Allen struck out three of four batters he faced and picked up his second career save.
"You have to tip your hat to Cal," Mizzou Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "They kept battling and there were no easy outs. I'm proud of how our guys battled in the late innings. The momentum had switched to the other side, but we were able to keep bouncing back."
Mizzou will be back in action later tonight, taking on San Diego State at 8 p.m. CT (6 p.m. PT). Tomorrow, the Tigers will face San Diego at 3 p.m. CT (1 p.m. PT) before concluding action in San Diego against Cal Poly at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PT) on Sunday.