MSU Snaps Tigers' Winning Streak

MUTIGERS.COM Senior Kyle Mach
Senior Kyle Mach

May 5, 2009

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COLUMBIA, Mo.- - Mizzou had hits seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night at Missouri State took a 10-5 win. The Tigers came back from behind twice to tie the score, but could not hold off the Bears, who defeated MU for the first time in four meetings.

MSU lead 3-2 after three innings, with each of the first five runs of the game scoring on solo home runs. Mizzou's homers came from junior Greg Folgia, who hit his team-leading ninth homer in the second inning, and senior Kyle Mach, who connected for his fourth of the year in the bottom of the third.

Missouri (28-22) tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, as sophomore Andrew Thigpen singled to drive in sophomore Ryan Ampleman, who had started the inning with a double. However, Missouri State went back ahead after scoring a run in the fifth and adding one in the sixth.

The lead was short-lived, as Mizzou scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at five. Ampleman and junior Aaron Senne opened the inning by drawing walks. Ampleman later scored on a wild pitch and Senne crossed the plate on a two-out double by senior Austin Holt to again tie the score.

The Bears (26-19) then scored five runs over the final three innings to go on to the 10-5 victory. They scored once in the seventh and put two on the board in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Folgia and Ampleman combined for four of Missouri's eight hits on the night. Mach finished the 1-for-4 to extend hits hitting streak to 10 games, matching his career long.

Nine pitchers took the mound for Mizzou, which fell to 12-4 when using the pitcher-by-committee approach.

Missouri's seven-game home stand continues this weekend, as Kansas visits Taylor Stadium for the Tigers' final Big 12 series of the season. The three-game set will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.



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