April 10, 2010
NORMAN, Okla.- - Missouri dropped its second-straight game to No. 12 Oklahoma, falling to the Sooners 10-4 on Saturday in Norman. Okla. Three batters into its game, Missouri had put two runs across the plate, but OU scored 10 unanswered runs before MU plated a pair in the ninth.
Senior Aaron Senne put Mizzou (17-13, 2-6 Big 12) on the board first when he connected on a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. The homer was his ninth of the season and the 35th of his career, which moved him into a tie for fifth on MU's career home runs list.
Senne added a single in the fourth inning, finishing the day 2-for-5 and extending his hitting streak to 15 games. He is hitting .557 over the last 15 games, with four home runs and 20 RBI and has had at least two hits in each of the last five games.
The top four batters in the Tigers' lineup on Saturday - senior Michael Liberto, junior Andrew Thigpen, Senne and junior Brett Nicholas - recorded nine of Mizzou's 11 hits. Liberto had a single in the fourth and tripled in the sixth, his third triple of the season. Thigpen had a season-high three hits and Nicholas had a pair of hits. Nicholas now has a six-game hitting streak and has had two hits in all six of those games.
Oklahoma (25-6, 5-4) scored a run in the bottom of the first and plated one in the second to tie the score. The Sooners took the lead with a pair of two-run home runs. Max White hit one in the fourth and Cody Reine delivered a two-run shot in the fifth. OU added a run on a base hit by Cameron Seitzer in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead, the scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Missouri got two runs in the top of the ninth, including one on a double by sophomore pinch hitter Russell LaFleur.
Freshman Eric Anderson matched his season high with six strikeouts on Saturday in five innings pitched.
Mizzou and Oklahoma will conclude the series on Sunday in Norman. First pitch for the finale has been moved up to 12:30 p.m. in order to accommodate the Tigers' travel plans. Junior Brad Buehler (0-0) is scheduled to pitch for the Tigers, with Jeremy Erben (6-0) slated to take the mound for the Sooners.
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