Opel's Three Doubles Carry Tigers to Comeback Win

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Freshman Dane Opel

April 4, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo.- - Missouri scored all 13 of its runs over its final five at-bats to take a 13-9 win in the series finale against Baylor on Sunday at Taylor Stadium. The win snapped a three-game losing streak by the Tigers.

Freshman Dane Opel was 3-for-5 for the Tigers, with all three hits being doubles. He is the first Tigers to record a three-double game since 2002, when Brad Flanders did it against Louisiana-Monroe. Opel drove in three runs on Sunday and hit .583 (7-for-12) in the three-game series with Baylor

Mizzou (15-11, 2-4 Big 12) was held hitless through the first three innings of play and trailed 5-0 before scoring 13 runs over the next five innings. They plated three runs in the fourth on Opel's first double, followed by a two-run single off the bat of freshman Blake Brown. Mizzou totaled five hits in the fourth.

After Baylor (15-10, 3-4) got a run back in the top of the fifth, Opel delivered his second RBI double of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving in two.

The Tigers took their first lead of the day with a four-run sixth inning. With one run already across the plate in the inning, junior Brett Nicholas drove in two with a double to put Mizzou in front by a score of 8-7. Missouri tacked on one more as redshirt freshman Andreas Plackis singled to drive in Nicholas, making it a two-run advantage.

The lead didn't last long as Baylor scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game on a solo home run by Logan Vick and an RBI triple from Joey Hainsfurther.

The back-and-forth game continued as Mizzou retook the lead with a three-run bottom of the seventh on consecutive singles from freshman Brannon Champagne, senior Michael Liberto, junior Andrew Thigpen and senior Aaron Senne. A pair of Baylor errors in the inning aided the Tigers.

Senne was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI and three runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He doubled in the fourth inning giving him 12 doubles on the season.

Opel's third double of the day came in the bottom of the eighth inning. He scored in the inning on a hit from junior Jesse Santo.

Next up for Missouri is a pair of midweek games as it will take on Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Taylor Stadium, before facing Illinois at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.



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