Freshman Trevor Coleman
April 8, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kan.-- - For the second-straight Sunday, Mizzou got a home run it its final at-bat to take a win and with it a series victory. Freshman Trevor Coleman led off the top of the 12th inning of the Tigers' series finale with Kansas State with his fourth home run of the season, as MU defeated the Wildcats 7-6 in 12 innings.
Missouri (24-9, 6-3 Big 12), which dropped Friday's series opener before taking the next two games, has won all six of its three-game series this season. Coleman's four home runs tie him for the team lead.
Kansas State (22-10, 4-5) had a runner in scoring position in each of the three extra innings, but could not advance beyond that point.
The Tigers needed a ninth inning rally to force the game to extra innings, getting a big two-out hit from junior Brock Bond. Down to his final strike, Bond tripled to drive in a pair of runs and tie the score at six.
Sophomore Scooter Hicks pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Tigers, allowing just one hit and no runs to take the win, improving his record to 3-0 on the season.
Missouri struck early in the game, putting a run on the board just two batters into the game. After junior Evan Frey led off the game with a triple, Bond followed with a single to drive home Frey.
The Tigers built a 3-0 lead with two runs in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from sophomore Kyle Mach and freshman Aaron Senne to lead off the inning. Mach scored on Senne's double and Frey drove in Senne with a one-out single.
Kansas State would cut the lead to one with a pair of runs on three singles in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats took the lead in the third inning on a two-run home run by Tyler Ruch.
Bond scored on a sacrifice fly by Coleman in the top of the fifth inning, tying the game at four.
Two runs scored by Kansas State in the bottom of the eighth, both coming on wild pitches, broke a 4-4 tie.
The Tigers will travel to St. Louis to face SLU on Tuesday, before returning home for a three-game series with Texas A&M starting at 6:30 p.m. next Friday at Taylor Stadium.
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