Junior James Boone
May 28, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - - Mizzou picked up its first loss of the Big 12 Tournament and Nebraska stayed alive with a 5-4 win over Mizzou on Saturday in Oklahoma City, Okla. The two teams will face off again at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship game.
Daniel Bruce singled in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in Bryce Nimmo with the game-winning run, forcing Saturday night's rematch.
Mizzou put the first run of the game on the board in the top of the first, getting a pair of two-out base hits by freshman Jacob Priday and sophomore Hunter Mense with junior Derek Chambers scoring on the single by Mense. Chambers reached on a single earlier in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
Nebraska tied the game as Andy Gerch scored on a single by Brandon Fusilier in the bottom of the second inning.
Each team would score a run in the third with Mense driving in his second run of the game as he reached on a fielder's choice, allowing sophomore Trevor Helms to score. Bruce scored in the bottom of the third for the Huskers after tripling and scoring on a single by Joe Simokaitis.
Missouri took the lead with a run in the fourth inning, as junior Tyler Williams scored on an error by Husker third baseman Alex Gordon. It was the second Nebraska error of the game. Both errors led to runs, as two of the first three runs scored by the Tigers were unearned.
The Cornhuskers tied the game when Gordon, the Big 12 Player of the Year, hit his 18th home run of the season to lead off the NU half of the sixth inning.
The Tigers quickly retook the lead as it scored a run in the seventh inning without recording a base hit. Chambers and Boone walked to lead off the inning and after a sacrifice bunt by Priday and an intentional walk to Mense, Chambers scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore John McKee.
Bruce drove in Ryan Bohanan in the bottom of the seventh to produce the fourth tie of the game.
The rematch will get underway at 6:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Big 12 Tournament Championship game against Baylor, who earlier in the day defeated Texas to advance.
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