The Tigers open Big 12 play this Friday against Oklahoma State.
March 21, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - The Tigers (12-7) had an unfitting end to the non-conference portion of the schedule by falling, 15-1, to Indiana State (17-4) on Wednesday (March 21) at Taylor Stadium. Mizzou tallied seven hits on the day, compared to six errors in the field. Ben Turner was the offensive standout of the shutout for the Tigers, reaching base twice before being replaced Patrick Quintanilla in the sixth inning. Andreas Plackis tallied the Tigers' only RBI of the contest, a single up the middle with two outs in the ninth inning.
Indiana State opened the game with back to back singles, then a flyout allowed both runners to advance a base. Both runners scored on the next play with a single to center to take a 2-0 lead, and the runner advanced to third on a throwing error. A single to left scored the runner, making the score 3-0, and a double play groundout by the next batter ended the inning. Sal Belfonte walked on four pitches to lead off the inning, and stole second two batters later. Turner also walked in the inning, but the Tigers were unable to score. The Sycamores led off the second with a hit-by-pitch, then a single and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. A single on a 2-1 count then made the score 4-0 and kept the bases full. Indiana State built the lead to five runs on a fielder's choice, and a flyout to left held the runners without scoring. After a walk to load the bases, Jeff Emens came on the mound to replace Graves, and Emens forced a groundout to end the inning. Mizzou went down in order in the bottom of the frame, and the score remained 5-0 heading to the third.
Indiana State once again put runners on first and second with one outs, but Emens responded by striking out the next two batters to get out of the inning unharmed. Dillon Everett was plunked to start the bottom of the inning, then Belfonte grounded into a double play. Turner secured an infield single, but was left stranded on first. John Miles entered to pitch in the top of the fourth, and gave up a single and a double to the first two batters he faced. An error then scored a run and put runners on the corners with no outs with a 6-0 score. A single then scored another run, building the Sycamore advantage to 7-0. A three-run shot two batters later made the score 10-0 with just one out, and the score held through the inning. After Dane Opel walked to start off the bottom of the inning, Blake Brown singled to center to put two on with no outs. They were both stranded to end the inning, and Mizzou remained down ten headed to the fifth inning.
The Sycamores were able to load the bases in the fifth, but they were held off the board. Mizzou then went down in three batters in the bottom of the fifth. Dusty Ross replaced Miles on the mound with two outs and bases loaded in the sixth, and he gave up a two-run single to the first batter he faced, making the score 12-0 to end the frame. Case Munson singled to start off the bottom of the sixth, but Mizzou was unable to score. In the top of the seventh, Indiana State threatened with runners on first and second with one out, but the Tigers escaped without giving up a run. Jeff Cline entered the game in the seventh inning, and threw a scoreless frame. Gavin Stark was the only Tiger base-runner in the seventh inning, and he was left stranded on second.
Cline then threw a scoreless top of the eighth inning, and the Tigers threatened with runners on first and second and no outs, but failed to convert on the opportunity and trailed 12-0 heading to the ninth inning. Brandon Clubb entered the game in the ninth, and surrendered three runs in the final inning, making the score 15-0 favoring the Sycamores. The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, a two-out single off the bat of Plackes.
The Tigers open conference play on Friday (March 23) at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, at 6 PM. See MUTigers.com for special promotional ticket prices for opening weekend of the conference portion of the season. Stay up to date with Mizzou baseball by following the team twitter page (@MUTigerBaseball) or on MUTigers.com.
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