May 5, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Eric Garcia broke out of a 0-for-4 day with two outs in the eighth inning as his double over the center fielder scored Scott Sommerfeld to give the Mizzou baseball team (24-22) a 5-4 win over No. 25 Texas. Sommerfeld had a great day at the plate himself, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run, his first of the year. Relief pitchers Ryan Yuengel, Jake Walsh, and Dusty Ross combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball out of the bullpen, a critical element of the 5-4 victory for the Tigers as they evened the series at one game apiece.
The Longhorns jumped early with a leadoff double, but Emens responded by striking out the next batter, his 40th strikeout of the 2012 campaign. The following batter sent a ball over the right field fence to give Texas an early 2-0 lead. Dillon Everett was the first baserunner of the game for the Tigers as the Texas first baseman botched a routine play on a chopper. Ben Turner then reached on a fielder's choice, and Everett reached second before the Longhorn shortstop could so he remained on base as well. Andreas Plackis then doubled in both runners to tie the game at two before the inning ended. Emens sat Texas down in order in the second, as the Longhorns were unable to hit a ball out of the infield in the frame. Sommerfeld launched a bomb to left with one out in the bottom of the inning, a solo shot that gave the Tigers their first lead of the series at 3-2. Brannon Champagne followed the home run with a walk, and he stole second base in the next at bat. Everett walked with two outs, and Turner's infield single loaded the bases, but Plackis was then retired to end the inning.
A sacrifice bunt after a leadoff walk put a runner on second with one out in the top of the third, and a steal then moved the runner to third. A sacrifice fly to center by the next batter tied the game at three, and a strikeout then ended the inning. Blake Brown
led off the bottom of the third with his team-high eighth double of the season, and then moved up to third on Conner Mach's
flyout to left center. Case Munson
ripped a ball to left to get his second career RBI and give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Sommerfeld walked to put two on with one out, but the next two batters were retired. Texas threatened with runners on the corners and no outs in the fourth, and a sacrifice fly to right scored a run to tie the game 4-4. Yuengel entered the game after the out, and forced two flyouts to get out of the inning. Everett led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single, and a throwing error allowed him to advance to second on the play. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out, but was left stranded. Yuengel then threw a scoreless fifth inning before the Tigers were sat down in order in the bottom of the frame. Everett was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth, the only base runner for either team in the inning.
Yuengel gave up a leadoff single to start the seventh, and a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to second. Walsh entered to pitch after the bunt, and he struck out the first batter he faced before forcing a groundout to hold Texas scoreless again. Turner led off with a single to center in the bottom of the inning, and he advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Plackis. Ross came in to pitch in the eighth inning for the Tigers, and Texas led off with a double to left. Ross answered by striking out the next batter he faced, and forced a flyout to center from the following batter. He then induced a pop up to Plackis to end the inning scoreless. Sommerfeld singled in the eighth, and Eric Garcia's two-out double gave Mizzou a 5-4 lead. Garcia then started off the ninth inning with a solid defensive play, going deep in the hole and making a good throw to first for the first out of the final frame. Ross then struck out the final two Texas batters to seal the win for Mizzou.
The Tigers take on Texas in the series rubber match tomorrow (May 6) at 1 PM. Former Tiger Kelly Fick will throw the ceremonial first pitch for that contest. Keep up to date with Mizzou baseball by following the team twitter page (@MUTigerBaseball) or by checking in to MUTigers.com.