Mizzou Takes Down MSU

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Junior Brett Nicholas

May 4, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - - Mizzou junior Brett Nicholas homered to extend his hitting streak to 19 games as the Tigers claimed an 11-6 victory over in-state rival Missouri State on Tuesday at Taylor Stadium.

After falling behind 3-0 to MSU, Mizzou tied the game on Nicholas' ninth home run of the year in the bottom of the fourth inning. The three-run shot extended his streak to 19 games, which is the longest by a Tiger since Jayce Tingler put together a 24-game streak in 2002. During his streak, Nicholas has a .418 batting average with four home runs, 10 doubles and 22 RBI.

Missouri added two more runs in the fourth inning, with freshmen Dane Opel and Scott Sommerfeld scoring on a two-out double off the bat of senior Michael Liberto.

MSU regained a one-run lead after putting three runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning, which included a homer by Aaron Conway to lead off the inning. However, senior Aaron Senne and Nicholas drew walks to open the Tigers' half of the fifth inning and junior Jonah Schmidt singled to drive in Senne, tying the game at six.

Once again Liberto gave the Tigers the lead back, as he drove in his third run of the game in the sixth inning, putting Mizzou up 7-6. Sophomore Ryan Gebhart followed with an RBI single of his own and Senne drove in a run when he reached on a fielders' choice to make it a 9-6 lead.

Gebhart was 2-for-4 on the day, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Liberto and Sommerfeld also had two-hit games for MU. Missouri added a run in the seventh inning on a Sommerfeld base hit and scored one in the ninth on a wild pitch.

Junior Phil McCormick earned the win, his fifth of the season, after he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five. He set career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts with the performance on Tuesday.

Missouri will travel to Lawrence, Kan. this weekend for a three-game series with Kansas. Game one of the weekend set is 7 p.m. on Friday.



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