May 2, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb.- -
Mizzou clinched it second-straight series victory and extended its winning streak to six games with a 6-3 win over Nebraska on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb. The Tigers put four runs on the board in the fourth inning, scored twice in the sixth and held off a couple late inning charges by the Huskers to improve to 27-21 on the season and 13-10 in the Big 12.
Missouri has won 10 of its last 12 games and is 7-1 in its last eight Big 12 contests.
Senior Kyle Mach delivered the Tigers' first hit of the game by singling in the top of the fourth, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Trailing 1-0 after three innings, Missouri scored four times in the fourth, getting RBI singles from seniors Steve Gray and Austin Holt. The Tigers also scored a run on an error and a wild pitch. There was one Husker error, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the fourth inning.
Nebraska (21-15-1, 5-18) got one run back as Nick Sullivan homered in the bottom half of the fourth. It was Sullivan's second home run in as many games.
With two outs in MU's half of the sixth inning, senior Ryan Lollis delivered a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to six games and give MU a 6-2 advantage.
The Cornhuskers didn't go quietly, loading the bases with one out in the eighth and scoring once on a walk. Sophomore Brad Buehler then came out of the bullpen to get Ben Kline to foul out and Cody Neer to pop out to end the threat.
The first two Nebraska batters in the bottom of the ninth inning singled before Buehler forced a ground out and then got Tyler Farst and Cody Asche to strikeout out looking to close out the win.
"We were in control of the game and had chances to put it away, but could not do it," Head Coach Tim Jamieson said. "We played with confidence, got some timely hitting and the pitching was there when we needed it. Brad (Buehler) was as good as it gets."
Senior Scooter Hicks
recorded the win to move to 4-1 on the year, while Buehler picked up his fifth save of the season.
The series finale will get underway at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday in Lincoln.