Matt Stites turned in a quality start for the Tigers on Saturday.
April 9, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - No. 23 Oklahoma State scored three late runs to top the Mizzou baseball team, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon (April 9) at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. Mizzou got a good start from junior righty Matt Stites, who went 7.0 innings and allowed just three earned runs (four total) while scattering eight hits, but he was tagged with the loss. He struck out six in the game. Sophomore outfielder Blake Brown also homered for the second straight game on Saturday, marking the first time he has hit homeruns in back-to-back games during his career.
After OSU plated a unearned run in the bottom of the second inning, Brown got the Tigers on the board in the top of the third inning, launching a bomb over the wall in left field, knotting the score at one. But just like Friday, the Tigers had a runner erased on the base paths during Browns' at-bat that ended in a homerun after Ryan Ampleman was picked off just prior to the homerun. The solo shot marks the second of the series for Brown and is his second of the season and third in his career. It also marks the first time this season that a Tiger has homered in back-to-back games.
The score stayed knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh when the Cowboys finally got to Stites. Gabe Weidenaar doubled to lead off the inning and he was knocked in on an RBI single by the next batter, Nico Rosthenhauser. He stole second and was bunted to third and eventually scored on a wild pitch from Stites, making it a 3-1 lead for OSU.
Mizzou threatened in the top of the eighth after Dane Opel walked and Ampleman was hit by a pitch, putting two men on with one out. But Jesse Santo flew out to centerfield and Brown went down swinging at strike three to end the threat. Senior lefty Phil McCormick came on to pitch the eighth inning after Stites allowed a lead-off single to open the frame. He was charged with a wild pitch, allowing another run to score for OSU, padding the lead at 4-1. The appearance for McCormick is his Big 12-leading 19th this season. The run scored was charged to Stites, who gave up the leadoff single in the inning.
Mizzou threatened once again in the ninth after a lead-off single by Brannon Champagne, but was unable to bring any more runs across as the Cowboys took the game, 4-1. OSU's Brad Propst earned his second complete game of the season in the win, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out six.
The Tigers and Cowboys will play in the series finale at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Reynolds Stadium. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.
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