Senior Michael Liberto
March 5, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas- - Missouri dropped its first game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park, falling to Houston by a score of 3-0 on Friday. It was the first time Mizzou had been shutout since April 11 of last season, when Baylor held the Missouri scoreless.
The Tigers (4-3) put runners on base in every inning, but were unable to push any across the plate, leaving 11 runners on base. Their best threat came in the fifth, when senior Michael Liberto and freshman Blake Brown led off the inning with a pair of singles. However, the next three batters were retired to end the inning.
Brown and Liberto were the leading Tigers at the plate, accounting for five of Missouri's eight runs in the game. Brown matched his season high with three hits in the contest. He singled in the first, fifth and seventh innings, finishing 3-for-5 on the day.
Libertro was 2-for-5 and continues to lead the team with a .538 batting average. Liberto has had a hit in all but one game this season and has had multiple hits in six of the seven games this year.
Houston (3-5) scored the first run of Friday's game in the top of the first inning on a triple by Joel Ansley and a sacrifice fly from Matt Creel. The Cougars made it a 2-0 lead by putting a run on the board in the second when Blake Kelso doubled to drive in Matt Murphy.
They increased their advantage to 3-0 with a run in the eighth inning. After a one-out triple by Caleb Ramsey, M.P. Cokinos would single to drive home Ramsey.
Mizzou right-handed freshman Eric Anderson started the second game of his young Missouri career and turned in 5.2 innings of work. He allowed two runs on six hits, striking out one and walking two. He took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Missouri continues play in the Houston College Classic on Saturday, as it will face No. 7 TCU at Noon. TCU defeated Texas Tech, 11-2 on Friday afternoon in Houston. Junior Nick Tepesch (1-0) is slated to pitch for the Tigers, while TCU is schedule to start lefthander Matt Purke (1-0). Mizzou's final game of the weekend will be against Texas at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
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