Senior Aaron Senne
May 1, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas- - Mizzou had its four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday as it fell to Texas Tech by a score of 5-4 in Lubbock, Texas. The series is now tied at one game a piece heading into Sunday's finale.
The loss drops the Tigers to 23-18 on the season and 7-9 in the Big 12 play. TTU moves to 25-22 overall and 11-9 in conference play.
Trailing by three heading to the ninth, Mizzou made it interesting as junior Jonah Schmidt singled and freshman Kale Gaden drew a walk. After a walk to senior Michael Liberto loaded the bases, sophomore Ryan Gebhart singled to drive in Schmidt and Gaden, pulling the Tigers within one. However, Tech closer Chad Bettis got senior Aaron Senne to ground out for the final out of the game.
Gebhart was 3-for-5 with two RBI on the night and has had at least one hit in all seven games in which he has played.
Senne was 1-for-5 on Saturday and moved just one away from tying the school record for career hits. Senne now has 273 hits as a Tiger, one back of Jayce Tingler's mark. Senne put the first run of the game on the board when he homered in the top of the first inning. It was his 11th home run of the season and the 38th of his career, which moved him into a tie for fourth on Mizzou's career home runs list with Griffin Moore, who hit 38 between the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
The Tigers led 2-0 before Texas Tech scored five unanswered runs starting with one in the bottom of the third. The Red Raiders added three in the fifth inning, including two on a home run by Barrett Barnes. Barnes also homered in Friday night's series opener. Tech added an unearned run in the seventh inning, a run which proved to be the difference.
Missouri struck out a season-high 17 times in the game. Sixteen of the strikeouts were recorded by the Red Raiders' starter Bobby Doran, setting a new career high. Doran turned in a career-long 8.1 innings pitched, allowing two runs on nine hits, walking one. He improved to 4-2 on the season. Chad Bettis recorded the final two outs of the game to pick up his ninth save of the season.
"I'm pleased with the way we came back in the ninth," Missouri Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "However, we just had too many strikeouts. We have to be tougher at the plate and we can't give away as many at-bats as we did tonight."
Junior Brett Nicholas was 1-for-4 on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. That matches Senne for the longest streak of the year for Missouri. The streaks by Nicholas and Senne are the longest by a Tiger since Jayce Tingler put together a 24-game streak in 2002. Nicholas has had a hit 32 of the 40 games in which he has played in this year.
Junior Nick Tepesch took the loss, his first in three starts, to fall to 4-4. He allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on 10 hits in 6.1 innings pitched. It was his shortest outing in Big 12 play this season. Tepesch struck out four and did not give up a walk.
The deciding game of the three-game series is Sunday at Noon in Lubbock.
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