Mizzou Win Streak Snapped By High Point

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Blake Brown launched his team-best sixth home run of the season.</i>
Blake Brown launched his team-best sixth home run of the season.

March 18, 2012

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Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou baseball (12-6) had its winning streak halted at 10 games on Sunday (March 18) at Taylor Stadium. High Point jumped on the Tigers early, taking a 7-0 lead halfway through the second inning en route to a 13-7 win in the third game of the series. The Tigers mustered just six hits in the series finale, one being Dane Opel's fifth home run of the year, another Blake Brown's sixth bomb of the season and fourth of the week.

High Point put their first batter of the game on base after a Tiger error, and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second base with one out. A single put runners on the corners, but a foul out by the next batter was the second out. A single to center scored the runner from third, but the runner from first was thrown out trying to score, leaving the score at 1-0. Mizzou went down in order in the bottom of the frame. In the second, High Point started with a single, then followed up with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. A balk scored the runner from third, then two batters later a double scored the second runner to give High Point a 3-0 lead in the second. Jeff Emens took over on the mound with runners on first and second and one out. The first batter he faced singled to right, scoring the runner from second and advancing another to third. The next batter homered over the right field fence to make the score 7-0. The Tigers then retired the next two batters to end the inning. Opel led off the bottom of the second with a bomb to right field, making the score 7-1. The next three batters were retired, ending the inning.

In the third, Emens threw a perfect 1-2-3 frame. Brannon Champagne singled with two outs, and advanced to second on a throwing error, but was left stranded. The Panthers notched a one-out double down the right field line, then a single scored a run to make the score 8-1. With runners on first and second, a third-to-first double play ended the inning. The Tigers were then sat down in order in the bottom of the inning. Jake Walsh came in to pitch in the fifth, holding High Point scoreless. Mizzou was held hitless in the bottom of the frame, and the score remained 8-1 headed to the sixth. John Miles entered the game for the Tigers, and retired all three batters he faced in the inning. Missouri was also held off the board in the bottom of the inning.

The Panthers scored again in the seventh, getting g a two-out RBI single to center to build their lead to 9-1. Conner Mach led off the bottom of the seventh with a hit by pitch, then Scott Sommerfeld wore a pitch two batters later. Ben Turner walked to load the bases with one out, then Eric Garcia walked to make the score 9-2. Michael McGraw walked to score another run, making the score 9-3. Champagne walked with two outs, scoring again for Mizzou to make the score 9-4 heading to the eighth inning. Ryan Yuengel and Dusty Ross combined to pitch the eighth inning, giving up four runs, just one earned, to make the score 13-4 favoring High Point. The inning ended on Garcia's nice snag on a tough pop up to shallow left field. Mach singled to lead off the eighth inning, and Sommerfeld reached on error with one out. After Ben Turner walked on four pitches, Garcia's double off the right field fence scored two to make the score 13-6, and the score held through the top of the ninth after Brett Graves threw a scoreless inning. Brown homered in the bottom of the ninth with one out, a shot over the left field fence, producing the final score of 13-7.

Missouri looks to start a new winning streak Wednesday (March 21) at 3 PM as they take on Indiana State. You can keep up to date by following the team's twitter page (@MUTigerbaseball) or by checking MUTigers.com



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