Senior Ian Berger
May 22, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.- - A three-run bottom of the eighth inning gave seventh-seeded Texas Tech a 4-2 win over No. 3 Missouri on Friday at the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City. The Tigers and Red Raiders are each 1-1 in pool play.
Mizzou took a 2-1 lead after plating a run in the top of the eighth inning, putting together a two-out rally. After a ground out and a strikeout to open the eighth, senior Ryan Lollis walked and moved to third on a single by junior Greg Folgia. Lollis then scored on a single off the bat of junior Aaron Senne.
However, TTU answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, including RBI singles from Taylor Ashby and Michael Reed. Reed's hit drove in Chris Richburg with the go-ahead run. As Mizzou catcher attempted to tag Richburg out at home, the ball slid out of his glove, allowing Ashby to score the third Texas Tech run of the inning.
The game was a pitchers' duel for much of the game as MU's Ian Berger and the Red Raiders' Nate Karns each allowed just one run in six innings pitched.
Berger, making his first start since April 22, held the Red Raiders hitless through the first 4.1 innings. After a walk to Willie Rueda to lead off the bottom of the first, Berger retired the next 13 batters, with an infield hit by Reed in the fifth ending that string.
Berger allowed one run on three hits and struck out three, while Karns gave up just one unearned run on two hits, striking out seven. Neither Berger nor Karns factored in the decision.
Missouri (33-24) had just one hit through the first five innings, a leadoff single by Senne in the second. In the top of the sixth inning, freshman Garrison McLagan reached on an error, only the second Tiger to reach safely in the game. Sophomore Rex Meyr pinch ran for McLagan and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Michael Liberto. He scored the game's first run on a single by senior Ryan Lollis.
But, just as it did in the eighth inning, Texas Tech (25-31) answered the Tigers' run by scoring a run in its half of the sixth, getting a leadoff double from Jeremy Mayo and an RBI base hit from Joey Kentworthy.
Senne was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game. Senior Kyle Mach had his 16-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday. Mach's 16-game streak matched the longest at Missouri since 2004.
Mizzou will take on Oklahoma at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the final day of pool play. In order to advance to Sunday's Big 12 Championship Game, the Tigers will need to beat OU and have Texas A&M defeat Texas Tech. The Texas A&M and Texas Tech game will follow Missouri's game on Saturday.
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