April 7, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri (16-14) built an early 6-2 lead in Saturday's (April 7) contest against Baylor, but back-to-back four-run innings by the Bears proved too much as Mizzou dropped the final game of the series by a final score of 12-7. Conner Mach went 3-for-5 from the plate in the series finale, and Brannon Champagne increased his on-base streak to 22 games. Due to the NCAA travel curfew, the game was shortened to eight innings.
Jeff Emens started the game on the mound for the Tigers with two quick outs, but three straight singles for Baylor scored a run to make the score 1-0 in the early running. Mach's two-out double was the only Tiger hit of the bottom of the first as Mizzou went down scoreless. Emens induced a groundout to start the second, then a strikeout and a flyout ended the frame. Dane Opel was hit by a pitch with two outs, and a single by Michael McGraw put runners on the corners with two outs. Dillon Everett's single to left then tied the game at one. The Bears got a leadoff single in the third, but Emens held them off the board to maintain the tie. Champagne's single to lead off the bottom of the inning extended his on-base streak to 22 games, then Mach's single to left put two on and no outs. Eric Garcia was hit with a pitch to load the bases with no outs, and Ben Turner's single to center scored two runs to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Scott Sommerfeld's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners, but they were both stranded in scoring position.
Baylor wasted no time to respond, as they tallied a run in the top of the fourth, but John Miles
took over on the mound and left three runners stranded. Champagne singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning, then advanced to second on an error by the second baseman. Mach singled to center, scoring Champagne to take a 4-2 lead. Garcia singled to extend the inning for Ben Turner
whose single scored Mach from second, giving Mizzou a 5-2 advantage heading to the fifth. Miles surrendered one hit in a scoreless fifth, then Dane Opel
led off the inning with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Blake Brown's
two-out double off the left field fence scored Opel to give Mizzou a 6-2 edge. Baylor answered in the sixth with four runs, two coming off a two-out home run to left to tie the game. Mizzou went down hitless in the bottom of the inning.
The Bears led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to take a 7-6 lead, then tacked on another run to build an 8-6 lead still with runners on second and third. A sacrifice fly made the score 9-6, and a single tacked on another run to give Baylor a 10-6 lead. Sommerfeld led off the bottom of the inning by reaching on error, and Everett's two-out single brought Sommerfeld in to score. The Bears responded with two runs of their own in the eight to make the score 12-7. Mizzou was held scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, and the final score held at 12-7.
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