May 31, 2009
OXFORD, Miss.- -
Mizzou saw its season come to an end after an 11-6 loss to Western Kentucky on Sunday in the NCAA Oxford Regional. Playing in its seventh-straight NCAA Regional, Missouri finished with a 1-2 record in Oxford. Both of the Tigers' losses this weekend came against Western Kentucky.
Mizzou closes the 2009 season with a record of 35-27, recording at least 35 wins for the seventh-straight year. MU has reached the 30-win mark in 13 of the 15 years that Head Coach Tim Jamieson has been at the helm.
WKU scored seven runs in the first two innings of Sunday's game, starting with a three-run bottom of the first. The Hilltoppers got an RBI single from Chad Cregar, then a two-run base hit from Terrence Dayleg to go up 3-0. In the second, after a sacrifice fly by Wade Gaynor, Cregar hit his 24th home run of the season, as he connected on a three-run shot over the wall in right field. Cregar drove in five runs in the game, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored.
The Tigers got on the board with a pair of runs in the third inning, getting back-to-back RBI singles from junior Greg Folgia and Aaron Senne.
Mizzou tallied three singles in the top of the fifth inning and Senne would score MU's third run of the game on a single by senior Steve Gray, to pull Missouri within four.
However, Western Kentucky stretched the lead back to seven after a three-run bottom of the sixth. The Hilltoppers strung together four-straight singles, including an RBI hit by Cregar and a two-run single from Dayleg, in their half of the sixth. They a run in the eighth on a Dayleg sacrifice fly.
The Tigers added three runs in their final at-bat, getting a sacrifice fly from Senne and RBI base hits from junior Trevor Coleman sophomore Ryan Ampleman in the top of the ninth inning.
WKU (41-19) advances to play Ole Miss for the Oxford Regional title.