Senior Aaron Senne
March 30, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo.- - Mizzou hit five home runs and senior Aaron Senne went 5-for-5 with five RBI as the Tigers defeated Purdue, 22-14, on Tuesday at Taylor Stadium. Senne, who was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, also broke the Missouri school record for career doubles. Of the five home runs hit by MU, two came off the bat of freshman Eric Garcia, who drove in six runs in Tuesday's contest.
Purdue's leadoff hitter Stephen Talbott opened the game with his sixth home run of the season to begin a five-run top of the first inning on just two hits and a pair of Tiger errors.
Mizzou answered with five runs of its own in the bottom half of the first inning, which included a grand slam from Garcia. The last grand slam hit by a Tiger came just over two years ago, when Jacob Priday hit one against Minnesota on March 26, 2008.
The Tigers also got an RBI single from Senne in the first inning. He added two more RBI in the second inning, as he connected on his eighth home run of the year. Senne's homer capped a four-run second inning for Missouri. Senior Michael Liberto added an RBI single and junior Jesse Santo had a two-run double in the second.
Missouri added four more runs in the third inning, which included Garcia's second home run of the game. Garcia's two-run shot followed an RBI double from Senne and a single by junior Brett Nicholas, which drove in Senne.
Senne's double was the 57th of his career, which moved him into first place on Missouri's career doubles list, passing Ryan Fry, who had 56 doubles from 1995-98.
After putting one run on the board in the fourth inning, the Tigers plated six runs in the fifth inning on a pair of three-run homers from freshman Dane Opel and junior Brett Nicholas. Nicholas was 2-for 4 on the night with five RBI and Opel finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
Senne added a second double and the 58th of his career in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving in his fifth run of he game on the hit.
Talbott added his second home run of the day with a three-run shot in the top of the eighth inning and Nick Overmyer had a two-run home run in the ninth inning, which was also his second homer of the game. The teams combined to hit 10 home runs in the game, five for each team.
The two teams will be back on the field at Taylor Stadium for game two of the midweek series at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
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