March 17, 2004
COLUMBIA, Mo.-- -
The Mizzou baseball team opened its second homestand of the season by falling to Illinois State, 5-2 in 11 innings. The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and held the 2-0 lead until the Redbirds tied it up with a two-run eighth inning. ISU then scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning to hand Mizzou its first extra-inning loss of the year.
The Tigers (15-4-1) managed only three hits on the night, compared to 13 hits for the Redbirds. Two of the MU hits came in back-to-back at-bats in the fourth innings. Sophomore RF James Boone, who was honored as the Big 12 Player of the Week on Tuesday, singled for the first hit of the game. Senior DH Lee Laskowski followed by connecting for his fourth home run of the season.
Freshman LHP Nathan Culp kept the Tigers in the lead with solid pitching. He had scattered six hits while keeping Illinois State (4-6) off the scoreboard for the first seven innings, but ran into trouble in the eighth. With two outs and one on, ISU's Jeremy Pickrel homered to centerfield to tie the game.
In the eleventh, the Redbirds put three runs across the plate on four hits. Mizzou was unable to mount any rally in the bottom of the eleventh, getting retired in order to end the game.
Culp's final line included two runs on eight hit, eight strike outs and no walks.
The loss was the first extra-inning loss for Missouri, who has played in four games that have gone more than nine innings and compiled a 2-1-1 record.
Missouri will face Chicago State in a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The ZRG Radio Network (1580 KTGR in Columbia) will carry all of the Tigers' games with Tex Little and Luke Cassis providing the commentary. The broadcasts can also be heard online www.KTGR.com.