April 27, 2010
O'FALLON, Mo.- -
Two five-run inning led Mizzou to a 10-2 win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. The Tigers improve to 22-17 on the season with the victory and have won all six all-time meetings with EIU.
The Tigers would take their first lead of the day with a five-run bottom of the third inning to go up 5-1, as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning. The first five Tigers to the plate in the third reached including senior Aaron Senne and freshman Dane Opel, who each drove in runs with doubles. Junior Ryan Ampleman also had an RBI hit in the third.
Junior Brett Nicholas also had a hit in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He added a double in the fourth inning and a single in the sixth to finish the day 3-for-5. He has had at least two hits in 12 of the 15 games during his hitting streak.
The Tigers put up another five-run inning in the seventh, starting with a two-run single from sophomore Ryan Gebhart. Gebhart has had a hit in each of the five games he's played in since returning from an injury that forced him to miss the first 34 games of the year.
Senne capped off MU's half of the seventh inning with a three-run home run, which was his 11th of the season. The homer was the 37th of his career, moving him into a tie with Cody Ehlers (2001-2004) for fifth on Mizzou's career home runs list. Senne was 2-for-5 on Tuesday with four RBI. His two hits give him 271 for his career, which is just three behind the MU career record holder Jayce Tingler (2000-2003).
Junior Tyler Clark started on the mound for just the second time in his career. He struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings pitched, allowing one run on five hits. The win was the fourth of his career. Junior Jeff Scardino pitched a perfect sixth inning and junior Zack Hardoin turned in two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Missouri returns to Big 12 play this weekend as it travels to Lubbock, Texas for a three-game series with Texas Tech. Game one between the Tigers and Red Raiders is Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue with games at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.