April 26, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo.- -
Missouri picked up its first three-game series sweep of the season after taking game three of its series with Texas Tech, 15-2, on Sunday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers outscored the Red Raiders 42-14 in the three games this weekend and Mizzou hit .415 as a team in the series.
Sunday's game was halted after seven innings as the Big 12 Conference's run-rule was in effect.
Senior Ryan Lollis matched a career high with four hits and drove in five runs on Sunday. He was 4-for-5 and also scored three times. Junior Greg Folgia extended his hitting streak to nine games, which marks the longest streak of the season for a Tiger. Folgia was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Sophomore Nick Tepesch picked up the complete game victory, striking out nine batters. He struck out five-straight batters in the sixth and seventh innings. Tepesch improved to 4-4 with the win.
Folgia put the Tigers on the board with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Later in the first, senior Kyle Mach singled to drive in Folgia. That came after Texas Tech has plated one in the top half of the first.
Mizzou then scored four times in the second inning, getting four-consecutive RBI singles from Lollis, junior Aaron Senne, Folgia and junior Trevor Coleman. MU put up another four-run inning in the fourth, which included RBI base hits from Lollis, Senne and Coleman.
Lollis' third hit of the day was a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, his fourth homer of the year. He then drove in two more runs with a single in the sixth inning.
Eight Tigers recorded hits on Sunday and five had at least two hits.
During his nine-game hitting streak, Folgia is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with three home runs, seven doubles and 19 RBI. In the three-game series against TTU, Folgia had an average of .429 and was one of five Tigers to hit over .400 in the series. Coleman (.600), Mach (.571), Lollis (.500) and Senne (.467) also had big weekends against the Red Raiders.
With the win, Mizzou improves to 24-21 on the year and 11-10 in the Big 12 Conference, while Texas Tech falls to 20-17 overall and 9-12 in league play.
Missouri will play its next five games away from Taylor Stadium, starting with Tuesday night's matchup with Eastern Illinois at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. First pitch is set for 6:30.