April 2, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - The Mizzou baseball team fell, 5-2, in game two of its series at No. 8 Texas on Saturday at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The loss drops Mizzou to 13-14 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 play. Sophomore Scott Sommerfeld knocked in the two Tiger runs in the loss as he tallied a pinch-hit one-out single to left field, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh inning.
Junior starter Matt Stites was tagged with the loss despite pitching a career-high 8.0 innings while throwing 118 pitches. He gave up five runs and nine hits as three of the earned runs came in the first three innings. He was unable to solve Texas' Lucas Kephart, who went 2-4 at the plate while driving in all five of the Longhorn runs.
Texas starter Hoby Milner earned the win for UT as he pitched 6.1 innings while scattering just three hits and giving up just two earned runs. In all, Mizzou totaled just four hits in the loss. Freshman Dillon Everett tallied the lone extra-base hit for the Tigers on the day, lacing a two-out double off of the left field wall.
The Longhorns got to Stites early, tagging him for three runs in the first three innings and two alone in the first. Texas opened the game with back-to-back singles and then Kephart ripped a single to left to score both runners. Kephart added another RBI in the third on a 6-3 fielder's choice, scoring the runner from third and giving UT a 3-0 lead.
Kephart continued his hot day at the plate in the fifth, lining a double to right field, just beyond the glove of a diving Jonah Schmidt to score two more runs for Texas, putting the Horns on top. 5-0. At that point of the game, Kephart had all five of the Longhorns' RBI in the game.
Mizzou finally got on the board in the seventh inning. After a single by Schmidt and back-to-back walks by Eric Garcia and Ryan Ampleman, the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out. Sommerfeld pinch hit in that spot and drove in a pair of runs with a single to left field, giving him his 10th and 11th RBI of the season while cutting into the UT lead at 5-2.
But Mizzou failed to tack on any more runs after the 7th as Texas claimed the win, clinching the series for the weekend. Mizzou and Texas will play in the series finale tomorrow at noon. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.