Senior Michael Liberto
March 27, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- - A two-run double by Texas A&M's Adam Smith in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the No. 21-ranked Aggies a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Missouri on Saturday at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas. The Tigers did not trail until the end of the game and Texas A&M scored all five of its runs in the final three innings.
The Tigers scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning when junior Brett Nicholas singled to drive in senior Michael Liberto. Liberto extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to lead off the game and advanced to second on an error before scoring on Nicholas' hit. The seven-game hitting streak for Liberto, who finished 2-for-5, matches his career best.
However, Texas A&M (17-5, 4-1) tied the game with a pair of runs in the seventh inning, scoring the first on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Naquin. The tying run crossed the plate on an MU error. The Tigers avoided falling behind as they threw out Scott Arthur at the plate as he attempted to score on a wild pitch.
Mizzou quickly regained the lead with a two-run top of the eighth inning, which included Brown's second double of the game and a two-out RBI single by Liberto.
The Aggies cut the lead to one with a run in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases then getting a sacrifice fly from Joaquin Hinojosa. In the ninth, Naquin and Brandon Wood singled and, after a fly out, both would score on Smith's walk-off double.
"I was pleased with how we battled," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "We played hard, but made a lot of mistakes. We gave away a lot of free bases and you can't win if you do that against a good team."
Freshman Eric Anderson turned in 5.1 scoreless innings pitched, allowing just three hits, striking out two and walking one. Anderson struck out the first batter of the game and sat down the Aggies in order in the first inning. He retired Texas A&M in order again in the fifth inning and sat down five of the last six batters he faced in the game. Anderson left the game with the lead and was credited with a no decision.
Senior Aaron Senne had a two-out double in the top of the fifth inning, giving him seven doubles on the season and 54 for his career. He is one away from tying Jacob Priday (2005-08) for second on Mizzou's career doubles list and just two behind the record holder, Ryan Fry (1995-98).
The final game of the weekend series is set for 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
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