Missouri Continues Onslaught of Texas

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April 12, 2008

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - - No. 8 Mizzou defeated No. 12 Texas for the seventh time in the last eight meetings by picking up a 13-2 win on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers have won eight of their last 10 games against the Longhorns and have outscored UT, 44-14 in the first two games of this weekend's series.

Through the first two games of the series, the Tigers are hitting .500 (43-for-86) as a team, having scored 44 runs on 43 hits. MU has seven home runs and eight doubles on the weekend with a slugging percentage of .837. Texas has an ERA of 23.06 in the series.

Freshman shortstop Andrew Thigpen had a career-high four hits on Saturday, finishing 4-for-5, while senior Kurt Calvert was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.

Mizzou (25-8, 7-4 Big 12) got on the board first when sophomore Trevor Coleman delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the third inning to drive in a two. MU scored all 13 of its runs between the third and seventh innings.

After Texas (22-12, 7-7) cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the fourth, the Tigers put up five in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Included in that inning, was a two-run double by senior Jacob Priday. Priday would end up scoring on the play as the throw to the plate got away from the Longhorn catcher and bounced into the UT dugout, allowing Priday to score from second.

Priday was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. In the last two games he is 7-for-9 with four home runs, a double, 11 RBI and has a slugging percentage of 2.222.

Missouri added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth before scoring twice on a two-out single by Calvert in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sophomore Kyle Gibson gave up just one run on five hits in seven innings pitched. The one run allowed matches his season low. He struck out nine on the afternoon and improved to 6-0 on the season. The win is the 14th of his career.

The final game of the series will get underway at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.



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