Sophomore Jeff Emens
March 12, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo.- - Mizzou junior Andrew Thigpen beat out a throw to the plate from Xavier rightfielder Neil Lindgren on a sacrifice fly by redshirt freshman Andreas Plackis in the bottom of the 13th inning to give Missouri a 7-6 victory over Xavier.
With the game tied at six since the top of the fifth inning, the Tigers loaded the bases in their half of the 13th with a walk by Thigpen, a single by freshman Eric Garcia and a walk by junior Jonah Schmidt. Plackis, at the plate as a pinch hitter, they flew out the right field and Thigpen beat the throw and score the game-winning run.
The game is the longest for Mizzou since a 14-inning win over Akron on Feb. 23, 2007. Friday's game was already the Tigers' third extra-inning game of a season that is just 11 games old. MU is 2-1 in those extra-inning contests.
Sophomore Jeff Emens entered the game in the ninth inning and pitched the remainder of the contest, striking out three in 4.1 innings pitched. He did not allow a run and gave up just two hits, earning the victory, the first of his career. The Mizzou bullpen turned in eight innings of scoreless work, allowing just four hits.
Mizzou's took the first lead of the game with a four-run bottom of the first inning, which started with the first three batters reaching for the Tigers. The last two runs of the inning scored on junior Jonah Schmidt's third home run of the season.
Xavier took the lead away from MU by scoring five runs in the top of the third innings. The Musketeers sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, recording six hits and drawing one walk.
The lead was short-lived for Xavier, as Missouri tied the game with a run in the bottom half of the third inning and went ahead with a run in the fourth. The run in the third crossed the plate on an RBI single by Garcia. In the fourth, senior Michael Liberto doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Brannon Champagne.
An RBI single by Xavier's Phil Bauer drove in Lindgren in the top of the fifth inning to again make it a tie game at 6-6, where it stood until the bottom of the 13th inning.
Junior Brett Nicholas was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the game and Garcia finished with two hits to extend his hitting streak to four games.
Mizzou freshman Eric Anderson started on the mound for the Tigers and struck out six batters in five innings pitched. He allowed six runs on 10 hits, taking a no decision.
Game two between Missouri and Xavier is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday. Junior Nick Tepesch (1-0) is scheduled to start for the Tigers, while Tommy Shirley (0-2) will take the mound for the Musketeers. The series finale is Sunday with a special start time of Noon at Taylor Stadium.
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