March 25, 2006
COLUMBIA, Mo. - -
Junior Hunter Mense was 3-for-4 and sophomore Evan Frey had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games as Mizzou took a 9-5 win over Kansas State on Saturday. Senior Travis Wendte allowed just two hits in 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, which was his longest outing of his career. The win evens the series at one game a piece and snaps KSU's 16-game winning streak.
Senior Taylor Parker picked up his fourth save of the season and the 11th of his career, as he struck out four of the five batters he faced in the final 1.1 innings.
Tied at five in the fifth inning, Mizzou (14-8, 4-1 Big 12) score four runs, all unearned, in the inning. Two KSU errors and a pair of walks, added to three singles led to the four runs. With two outs and two runs already across in the inning, Frey singled to drive in two runs and make it a four-run lead.
Frey finished the day 2-for-5 with the two RBI. During his 10-game hitting streak, Frey is hitting .463 and has driven in eight runs
All of the game's runs were scored between the second and fifth innings. Missouri scored twice in the second, which included an RBI double by freshman Ryan Lollis, who was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. In the third inning, Mense singled for the second time on the day to drive in a pair of runs.
The Tigers added an unearned run in the fourth inning before the four-run fifth. In total, five of the nine runs MU scored were unearned.
Kansas State put three runs on the board with Jared Goedert's three-run double in the top of the third, then added two runs in the fourth inning.
Wentde came on in relief of freshman Aaron Crow with one out in the fourth and retired 13 of the 18 batters he faced and took the victory.
The series between the Tigers and Wildcats will conclude on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. For tickets call 1-800 CAT PAWS (884-PAWS in Columbia). The game can be heard on KTGR 1580-AM in Columbia and on the web at KTGR.com.