March 13, 2012
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball team rallied from down twice to defeat North Dakota, 10-7, on Tuesday night (March 13) at Taylor Stadium. The win gives the Tigers seven in a row as they are one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 and now stand at 9-5 overall. Freshman John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) earned his first career win in the game and classmate Jake Walsh picked up his sixth save and third in as many games. Walsh is now halfway to the Mizzou single season saves record (12) on the season.
The Tigers were led offensively by Brannon Champagne, who went 3-5 at the plate with five RBI, marking the Tigers' best RBI total this season and the first five-RBI game since April 6, 2010, when Andreas Plackis drove in five against SIU-Edwardsville. The five RBI are a career-best for Champagne. Junior Dane Opel continued his fine start to the season, going 2-3 with an RBI while senior backstop Ben Turner went 3-3 with three runs scored. Second baseman Dillon Everett also scored two runs and drove in another while batting in the nine-hole for Mizzou.
Mizzou fell behind early, 3-0, after starter Brett Graves struggled with his command, giving up a 3-spot in the third inning, due in large part to hit batters and timely hitting by North Dakota. But Mizzou responded in the fourth inning with four runs of its own to gain a 4-3 lead. All four runs were scored with two outs as seven straight Tigers reached base before Scott Sommerfeld grounded out to end the inning.
UND tied the game with a run in the fifth but Mizzou responded to regain the lead, 5-4 through five innings. But some porous defense in the seventh led to a three-run inning for North Dakota ass the Fighting Sioux appeared to be in control headed to the final three frames, but the Tigers exploded for five runs in the seventh, highlighted by a bases-loaded double by Champagne that drove in three runs.
From there, Walsh was lights out over the last two innings, nailing down the win for the Tigers. Mizzou will be back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the series finale with UND. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.