March 27, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - The Tigers (15-8) used an eight-run eighth inning to register a come-from-behind victory over the Central Arkansas Bears by a final score of 12-7 Tuesday (March 27) night at Taylor Stadium. Central Arkansas jumped on Mizzou early, taking a 5-1 lead after the top of the fourth. Behind Scott Sommerfeld's 2-for-3 performance at the plate with runners in scoring position, Mizzou was able to come back, taking its first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Bears started off the game with a walk, and the runner stole second two pitches later. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to third base with one out, and a groundout to short by the next batter made the score 1-0. Blake Brown led off the bottom of the first with a double to left, then stole third two batters later. After Conner Mach walked to put runners on the corners, he was caught on a pick off at first, but Brown was thrown out at the plate trying to score. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs, but a grab by the pitcher on a hot line drive back up the middle ended the threat. Central Arkansas threatened in the top of the second with runners on second and third with one out when Ryan Yuengel replaced Jeff Cline on the mound. A groundout to short scored another run for the Bears to make the score 2-0 before the inning ended when Gavin Stark threw out a runner trying to score from second on an infield single. Mizzou then went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
Central Arkansas rallied in the top of the third for two runs with no extra base hits, making the score 4-0 early in the contest. Brannon Champagne singled to center to lead off the bottom of the inning, reaching base safely for the 15th consecutive game. Mach was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs, and a fielder's choice with a throwing error allowed Champagne to score and Sommerfeld to reach first safely, making the score 4-1, but Mizzou was held scoreless the rest of the inning. The Bears struck again in the fourth after a Tiger error, and made the score 5-1. Dillon Everett doubled to lead off the bottom of the frame, and Brown followed with a walk. A fielder's choice then put runners on the corners with one out, and Sommerfeld's single with two outs made the score 5-2. Garcia's single to right got past the right fielder, scoring both runs to make the score 5-4 and putting Garcia on third.
Mizzou held Central Arkansas off the board in the top of the fifth inning, but were sat down in order in the bottom of the frame. The Bears led off the sixth with a single, but the runner was caught stealing two batters later. Central Arkansas threatened with two on and one out, but a 4-6-3 double play ended the inning before they could score. Mach registered a two-out single in the bottom of the inning, but was left stranded. Brandon Platts
replaced John Miles
on the mound in the seventh, and the Bears threatened with runners on the corners with one out. A run scored on a fielder's choice to second, making the score 6-4. Mizzou went down in order in the bottom of the inning, as the game headed to the eighth inning.
The Bears notched a leadoff single against Kyle Barbeck to start the eighth, then a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. A flyout to left was the second out of the inning, but was followed by a RBI single to left, making the score 7-4. The Tigers put the first two runners on in the bottom of the inning, then a sacrifice fly by Brown advanced Ben Turner to third. Champagne's single right scored Turner, making the score 7-5. A fielder's choice off Mach's bat failed to throw Champagne out at third, and Mizzou loaded the bases. Sommerfeld came through again with a RBI single, tying the game at seven with just one out. Garcia was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Patrick Quintanilla wore a fastball on his foot to score a run and take Mizzou's first lead of the game, 8-7. Turner singled to right, scoring two runs, and Mizzou held a 10-7 advantage. A wild pitch then moved up all the runners, and Mizzou had an 11-7 lead. After Brown walked to load the bases, Champagne was hit by a pitch to give the Tigers a 12-7 advantage. Dusty Ross came in to close the door for the Tigers in the top of the ninth, and held Central Arkansas scoreless in the final inning.
The Tigers face Central Arkansas again tomorrow (March 28) at 1 PM. Keep up to date with Mizzou baseball by following the team twitter page (@MUTigerBaseball) or on MUTigers.com.