Senior Ryan Rallo
April 18, 2004
COLUMBIA, Mo.-- - Missouri came up just short of sweeping No. 15 Nebraska, falling by a score of 11-10 in Sunday's series finale at Taylor Stadium. Despite the loss, the Tigers still claim their first Big 12 series win of the year.
Trailing 8-1 in heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers (24-13-1, 4-8) charged back, putting eight runs on the board in the next three innings to reclaim the lead.
Seniors Lee Laskowski and Ryan Rallo each had RBI singles in the sixth. Then in the seventh, freshman Gary Arndt reached on a fielder's choice and would later score on a wild pitch. Sophomore James Boone and Laskowski followed with RBI singles to cut the lead to two.
Mizzou took the lead with a three-run eighth inning. With two on, senior 3B Jeremy Hernandez doubled to drive in both baserunners. Boone would then score the go-ahead run on a single by sophomore 2B Zane Taylor, putting the Tigers up 9-8 heading to the ninth inning.
However in the top of the ninth, Nebraska (26-9, 7-5) scored three runs to take the lead back. After the first batter was retired, the next four Huskers all reached on hits, including back-to-back doubles.
Mizzou scored one in the ninth, as sophomore Tyler Williams connected for a pinch-hit single to drive in Rallo. The Tigers had two on with one out, but could not get either runner home, falling a run short of the Cornhuskers.
Rallo finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Taylor, Boone, Laskowski and Johnson all had two hits and Laskowski and Hernandez each had a pair of RBI.
Mizzou scored first, getting a run with an RBI-single by senior RF Kyle Johnson which drove in Rallo.
MU starting pitcher, junior Garrett Broshuis, held the Huskers in check until the fifth inning, when Nebraska put eight runs on the board. Seven of those runs, five of which were earned, were charged to Broshuis.
The loss snaps a three-game winning steak for the Tigers. Missouri will face SMS on Tuesday, less than a week after defeating the Bears 5-4 in ten innings last Wednesday in Springfield. 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.
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