April 1, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - The Mizzou baseball team tagged UT starter Taylor Jungmann for four runs in the first five innings but was unable to hold onto the lead as it fell to the No. 8 Longhorns, 5-4, on Friday (April 1) at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The four runs scored by the Tigers were the most that Jungmann has given up all season and Jonah Schmidt launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning as he is the first and only player to homer off of the Longhorn ace this season.
But a four-run fifth by the Longhorns and a one-run fifth put UT on top and despite a ninth-inning rally, Mizzou was unable to plate the tying run. Mizzou falls to 13-13 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play. Jeff Emens (Plano, Texas) was tagged with the loss and Jungmann, despite a season-worst outing, was the winner. Schmidt led the Tigers at the dish, going 2-4 with three RBI while Blake Brown tallied his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Tigers got to Jungmann early in the game as Brown singled up the middle to lead off the game. Brannon Champagne reached on an error by Jungmann as he was just attempting to advance Brown with a bunt. Jungmann sent the throw wide of the bag, and the first two Tigers reached base. Batting cleanup for the first time this season Dane Opel was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with one out for Schmidt. He grounded out to first, but Brown was able to score on the play, giving Mizzou a 1-0 lead and giving Schmidt his team-leading 16th RBI.
Things could have been better for Mizzou as Eric Garcia sent a hard-hit ball up the middle, but a sensational play by UT shortstop Brandon Loy saved a couple more runs for UT. Mizzou is just the second team to score off of Jungmann this season and the Tigers snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak by the Texas ace in the first.
Mizzou jumped on Jungmann again in the second inning. After the first two batters were retired, Tiger shortstop Jesse Santo
walked, bringing up Brown. The Tiger right fielder laced a triple to right field, scoring Santo and giving Mizzou a 2-0 lead. The RBI for Brown is his 13th of the season.
After two outs to open the top of the fifth, Opel reached base on a walk, making way for Schmidt, who again came up with a huge hit, launching a two-run homerun over the right centerfield fence, putting Mizzou on top, 4-0. The two RBI moved his season total to 18. The homerun by Schmidt was the first homerun off of Jungmann all season and was Schmidt's team-leading third in 2011. But it was all made possible by a great at-bat by Opel, who fouled off plenty of pitches before drawing the base on balls.
Texas got to Tiger starter Rob Zastryzny in the fifth inning, tagging the lefty for four earned runs, ending Mizzou's streak of 22.1 innings without allowing an earned run. In fact, Mizzou had given up just one earned run in the previous 37.1 innings pitched before UT put up the four-spot in the fifth.
Texas scored again in the sixth inning as Jordan Etier laced a double off of Emens down the left field line, bringing in the go-ahead run and giving UT its first lead of the game at 5-4. Mizzou loaded the bases in the ninth with one out, but a strikeout by Conner Mach and a fly out by Opel ended the threat, giving Texas the win.
Mizzou and Texas will play the middle of a three-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, saty tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.