May 18, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla.-- -
Mizzou hit three home runs for the second-straight game and sophomore Aaron Crow matched a career high with nine strikeouts as the Tigers defeated Oklahoma State 9-6 on Friday in the series opener in Stillwater, Okla.
The win guarantees Missouri its best ever finish in the Big 12 Conference, as it can finish no worse than third place in the conference. The Tigers picked up their 17th conference win, which matches their most league wins since the start of the Big 12, improving to 17-8 on the year.
Sophomore Aaron Crow matched a career high with nine strikeouts, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings to pick up his eighth win of the year.
Junior Evan Frey put the Tigers on the board with a lead off home run to open the game, his third round-tripper of the season. Frey was followed by junior Brock Bond, who was hit by a pitch for the 21st time this year. He would score all the way from first base on an error when the ball got by the OSU right fielder on a single by freshman Trevor Coleman.
Bond was also hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and senior John McKee was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Bond and McKee are tied for the team lead with 22 HBPs on the season, one short of the school record set by McKee in 2005.
The Cowboys (38-14, 16-9) tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning with both runs scoring on a bases loaded single by Corey Brown.
MU regained its two-run lead with a pair of solo home runs in the next two innings. The first came in the fourth off the bat of McKee. The homer was his second in as many games and his seventh of the season, which is just one off the team lead.
Freshman Aaron Senne
connected for a home run for the third-consecutive game in the top of the fifth inning. In the last three games Senne is hitting .385 with three home runs, a triple, a double and 11 runs batted in.
After an Oklahoma State run in the bottom of the fifth cut the Missouri lead to one, the Tigers answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning as junior Jacob Priday collected his first hit of the night, an RBI single that drove in Bond.
The Tigers added three in the seventh inning with two coming on a double by Bond to extend the lead to five. OSU cut into the lead with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. All three runs were unearned as a Tiger error with two outs allowed the inning to continue.
Priday had another RBI hit in the ninth to push the lead back to three.
The Tigers continue the final weekend series of the season with games against OSU at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.