Mizzou Downs Western Illinois in Home Opener

MUTIGERS.COM Junior Ryan Ampleman
Junior Ryan Ampleman

March 10, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo.- - Missouri won its 2010 home opener, taking a 10-3 win over Western Illinois on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. The game was called after seven innings after rain moved into the Columbia area. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Missouri and moved the Tigers back to the .500 mark at 5-5 on the season.

Western Illinois (4-6) scored the games' first run in the top of the first inning, but Missouri responded with 10 unanswered runs, beginning with a six-run bottom of first. After the MU leadoff batter was retired, the next seven Tigers to the plate all recorded hits. Included among the seven hits were RBI hits from juniors Brett Nicholas, Jonah Schmidt, Andrew Thigpen and Ryan Ampleman.

Mizzou added four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Thigpen added a second RBI base hit and senior Michael Liberto drove in two runs with a single.

The Leathernecks plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh which included three singles to open the inning.

Mizzou used six pitchers in the contest, with junior Kelly Fick picking up the win. He was the first pitcher out of the bullpen, relieving starter Ryan Clubb. Fick struck out three in three innings pitched and did not allow a run or a hit. The win is the first of the year of Fick and the fourth of his career.

Thigpen, Liberto and freshman Blake Brown each had two hits in the game and five different Tigers had two-RBI games.

The game started 15 minutes late due to rain just prior to first pitch. Rain placed the game into a delay with two outs in the top of the eighth inning and after a 20 minute delay, the game was called.

The Tigers will host Xavier in a three-game series this weekend at Taylor Stadium. Game one of the weekend is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, with games to follow at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.



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