April 7, 2004
COLUMBIA, Mo.-- -
The Missouri baseball squad lost its third game in a row on Wednesday, as Saint Louis downed the Tigers 3-1 at Taylor Stadium. The win is the first for the Billikens in the last 13 meetings between the two teams.
SLU got on the board first, putting a run across the plate before the first out was recorded. Freshman LHP Nathan Culp started on the mound for MU and after early troubles allowed the first run to cross, he settled down and struck out the next three batters.
The score remained 1-0 until the Billikens added a run in the top of the seventh inning as Kyle Wort doubled to drive in Drew Eder. They would add a final run in the ninth inning.
Mizzou scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning as senior 1B Cody Ehlers homered to left field to lead off the inning. Ehlers now has 10 home runs on the year to lead the team.
The Tigers matched Saint Louis with seven hits on the night, but left 12 baserunners on, as compared to the Billikens' seven left on.
Sophomore RF James Boone extended his hitting streak to 16 games, as he went 3-for-4 on the night. The 16-game streak matches the longest this season by Mizzou. Earlier in the year, senior Lee Laskowski put together a 16-game streak.
Culp pitched a strong six innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run. He stuck out three and walked one.
Only one of Saint Louis' three runs scored on Wednesday was earned.
Mizzou will return to Big 12 Conference play this weekend as it travels to Norman, Okla. for a three-game series with Oklahoma. Game one of the series will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The second game of the set will get underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday and will be shown live on Fox Sports Net. The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. The ZRG Radio Network (1580 KTGR in Columbia) will carry all of the Tigers' games with Tex Little and Luke Cassis providing the commentary. The broadcasts can also be heard online www.KTGR.com.