April 9, 2010
NORMAN, Okla.- -
Three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning by No. 12 Oklahoma proved to be the difference as Missouri dropped the opener of its three-game series with the Sooners by a score of 6-4 on Friday night in Norman, Okla.
Senior Aaron Senne went 3-for-5 in the game and is now hitting .456 on the season. Senne, the Big 12 Conference's leading hitter, extended his hitting streak to 14 games and has recorded three hits in each of the last four games.
The top three in the Tigers' lineup finished 7-for-11 on the night as senior Michael Liberto and junior Brett Nicholas each added a pair of hits, joining Senne with multi-hit outings. Nicholas has five-straight two-hit games.
Trailing 3-1, Mizzou (17-12, 2-5 Big 12) pulled to within one with a run in the top of the fourth as freshman Blake Brown scored on a sacrifice fly by Liberto. The Tigers then manufactured a run in the top of the seventh inning to pull even with the Sooners. Freshman Brannon Champagne began the seventh with a single and moved to second on a Liberto sacrifice bunt. He advanced to third when Senne grounded out and scored on a single by Nicholas.
Oklahoma (24-6, 4-4) regained the lead with a three-run bottom half of the seventh, which included a two-run home run from Cameron Seitzer. All three runs in the inning were unearned after Ricky Eisenberg reached on a three-base error to open the inning.
Missouri added one run in the ninth inning.
"We didn't get the timely hitting we needed and they did," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "That was the difference in the game. When we needed to put a ball in the gap, we didn't do it. We've just got to be better than we were."
Seniors Michael Liberto
singled to lead off the game and was followed by Senne, who doubled. Liberto scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Dane Opel
later in the inning to put the Tigers up 1-0.
OU took the lead away when a pair of runs scored on a two-out base hit from Jack Mayfield in the bottom half of the first inning. The Sooners added a run in the third inning after Chris Ellison tripled and scored on a Seitzer sacrifice fly to go up 3-1 after three innings.
Junior Nick Tepecsh pitched seven innings, striking out five and walking just one. Three of his strikeouts came in the fourth inning after he gave up a lead off single. Of the six runs Tepesch allowed on Friday night, just three were earned. He has pitched at least seven inning in each of his three starts in Big 12 play.
Game two between the Tigers and Sooners will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and will be televised on FSN.