May 9, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. - - Junior Aaron Crow improved to 11-0 on the year as No. 14 Mizzou took the series opener against Kansas, 5-3, in Lawrence, Kan. on Friday. Crow struck out 11 in seven innings pitched, allowing just two unearned runs on six hits. Crow has tied the school record for wins in a season by picking up his 11th victory of the year. He has recorded the win in all but one of his starts this season.
Crow struck out five of the last seven batters he faced on Friday. The 11 strikeouts in the game give Crow 103 for the year, which leads the Big 12 Conference and moves him into seventh in the MU record book for strikeouts in a season. He also moves up to fourth in career strikeouts at Missouri, with 253.
Kansas took the lead by plating two runs in the bottom half of the third. Both runs were unearned as an error allowed Buck Afenir to reach safely on what should have been the third out of the inning. Two runs scored on the play to put KU ahead 2-1.
Mach and sophomore Greg Folgia led off the fifth with back-to-back singles. Mach scored later in the inning on a groundout and sophomore Trevor Coleman singled to drive in Folgia, giving the lead back to the Tigers.
Freshman Jonah Schmidt led off the sixth inning with his second home run of the season over the left field wall, extending Mizzou's lead to two. The Tigers added a run in the eighth as freshman Andrew Thigpen scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Ryan Lollis. Lollis was 3-for-3 on the night, extending his hitting streak to five games.
KU opened the bottom of the eighth with three-consecutive singles, scoring once before junior Ryan Allen retired three straight, including the final two on strikeouts. Kansas loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before sophomore Kyle Gibson came on in relief and struck out Erik Morrison seal the victory. Gibson took the save, his first of the season and eighth of his career.
The series will continue at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with the finale set for 1 p.m. on Sunday in Lawrence.
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