April 14, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- -
Mizzou snapped its six-game losing skid with a 10-inning, 5-4 win over Southwest Missouri State in Springfield on Wednesday. Senior 1B Cody Ehlers hit a solo home run in the top of the tenth for the game-winning run. Ehlers was 3-for-5 with the homer and two doubles on the day.
The win is the first for MU over SMS since 2001 and Mizzou takes a 16-15 lead in the all-time series with the Bears.
SMS got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jud Kindle led off the inning with a single and would score on a single by Adam Pummill.
Missouri was held hitless for the first five innings. The Tigers had just two baserunners through five innings and both were freshman 3B John McKee who walked his first two plate appearances.
Freshman SS Gary Arndt delivered the first hit of the night for MU with a single up the middle to lead of the sixth inning. He advanced to third on back-to-back ground outs and scored on an error by the SMS third baseman Chad Woodmansee on a ground ball hit by senior DH Ryan Rallo. Ehlers then doubled to the gap in left center, scoring Rallo all the way from first base to give Mizzou the 2-1 lead.
SMS tied it up in the bottom of the eighth inning as Kindle, who singled and advanced to third on a single by Matt Weglarz, scored on a wild pitch.
Mizzou would answer with two runs in the top of the ninth. Ehlers led off with another double and senior LF Lee Laskowski followed with a walk. Ehlers would score on a single by senior Jeremy Hernandez and Laskowski was driven in on a single by senior RF Kyle Johnson.
The Bears would answer that with a two-run bottom of the ninth. The tying run scored on a fielder's choice by Kindle, driving in Kirk McConnell, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Then, with two outs in the top of the tenth, Ehlers connected for his team-leading 11th home run of the season.
The Bears got a lead off single in the bottom of the tenth, but sophomore RHP Nick Admire retired the next three batters, including two strike outs to finish the game.
Freshman RHP Max Scherzer made his first career start for the Tigers on Wednesday and went four innings, allowing just one run on four hits. After the first two SMS batters of the game reached base, Scherzer stuck out the next three to get out of the inning. He finished with seven strikeouts in the four inning and walked two.
A crowd of 8,312 was in attendance at the new Hammons Field in Springfield.
Mizzou returns to Taylor Stadium this weekend for a three-game series with Nebraska, beginning with game one at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The second game of the series will get underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the final game of the weekend is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available by calling 1-800 CAT PAWS or 884-PAWS in Columbia. The ZRG Radio Network (1580 KTGR in Columbia) will carry all of the Tigers' games with Tex Little and Luke Cassis providing the commentary. The broadcasts can also be heard online www.KTGR.com.