April 18, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - -
Trailing 4-1 after six innings, No. 6 Mizzou scored eight unanswered runs to rally for a 9-4 win. The Tigers scored five runs in the seventh inning, then put three on the board in the eighth to take the opener of the three-game series in Norman, Okla.
Sophomore Greg Folgia drove in a career-high four runs, finishing 3-for-5 on the night. He had a pair of doubles, including one in the seventh which drove in three to tie the game.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the top of the seventh on a walk, a single and a hit batter. Folgia cleared the bases with a double to the left-centerfield gap, tying the game at four. Sophomore Aaron Senne and senior Jacob Priday walked to again load the bases for Mizzou. Junior Ryan Lollis singled to drive in the go-ahead run and the Tigers added a fifth run in the inning when sophomore Trevor Coleman drew a bases-loaded walk.
Folgia doubled for the second-straight at-bat in the eighth inning, driving in his fourth run of the night. He would then score on base hit by Senne and Priday followed with a double to drive in Senne.
Oklahoma loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning, but junior Rick Zagone came on in relief and struck out Jamie Johnson to end the threat.
Junior Aaron Crow struck out eight in 7.2 innings pitched, allowing four runs on seven hits. After allowing four runs in the first two innings, Crow did not allow a hit until over the next 3.2 innings. He picked up the victory and has won each of his nine starts on the season.
The Sooners scored the first runs of the game on a pair of home runs in their half of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a homer and Aaron Baker added a two-run shot with two outs in the inning. Crow had allowed just two home runs in his previous 57 innings pitched on the year before giving up two in the first on Friday.
Missouri (27-9, 8-5 Big 12) put a run on the board in the top of the second, as junior Ryan Lollis
singled, moved to second on a walk to junior Steve Gray
and scored on single from freshman Andrew Thigpen
The Sooners (24-14-1, 3-9-1) pushed their lead back to three with a run in the bottom of the sixth when Johnson singled to drive in his second run of the game before MU scored the final eight runs of the game.
"It was an ugly first half of the game, but we found a way to regroup," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "The bases clearing double by Greg (Foglia) in the seventh was huge because it created new life for us."
The series will continue at 2 p.m. on Saturday, concluding at 1 p.m. on Sunday.