April 19, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - -
No. 6 Missouri clinched the series victory over Oklahoma with a 6-5 win in 10 innings on Saturday in Norman, Okla. It is the first time the Tigers have taken a series in Norman since 1971. In MU's first extra-inning game of the year, junior Steve Gray delivered an RBI double in the top of the 10th to drive in the go-ahead run and freshman Nick Tepesch sat down the Sooners in order in the bottom half of the inning to seal the win.
Gray was 3-for-5 on the day, with two doubles and a pair of RBI.
Tepesch took the win, the first of his career, as he retired all but one of the six batters he faced in relief. The lone runner to reach came on an intentional walk.
Aljay Davis led off the bottom of the ninth with a single for the Sooners and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Gosse. Tepesch came out of the bullpen and struck out two batters, sandwiched around an intentional walk, to end the threat and force extra innings.
In the 10th, sophomore Aaron Senne drew a walk to lead off the top of the inning and moved to third on a single by sophomore Trevor Coleman. Gray then lined a double to right to drive in Senne with the go-ahead run and Tepesch pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th to close out the game.
"It was a great team effort," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "Both teams played well, but we were able to come out on top. Steve Gray had a good day and came through with a big hit for us and Nick Tepesch shut the door with an impressive performance, not too bad for a freshman."
Each team put up two runs in the second inning. Coleman drew a lead off walk and Gray followed with his first double of the day. Coleman would score on a groundout by senior Kurt Calvert
and junior Kyle Mach
doubled to drive in Gray.
OU answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at two. The Sooners took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, getting three singles, with the third coming from Matt Harughty to drive in the go-ahead run.
The lead was short-lived as Mizzou scored twice in the next half inning. Senne led off the top of the sixth with a single and scored on a single from Gray. Coleman again reached on a walk and scored when Calvert delivered his second single of the day.
Sophomore Greg Folgia gave the Tigers a two-run lead as he led off the MU half of the seventh inning with a home run over the wall in left centerfield. The homer was his second of the season. He finished the day 2-for-5 and is 5-for-10 with five RBI through the first two games of the series.
Harughty tied the game at five with a two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh for Oklahoma. He drove in three of OU's five runs in the game.
The series will continue at 2 p.m. on Saturday, concluding at 1 p.m. on Sunday.