Senior Travis Wendte
June 3, 2006
MALIBU, Calif.-- - Nearly five hours after the first pitch, Missouri turned a double play to conclude a 5-4 win in 14 innings over UC-Irvine on day two of the NCAA Regional in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday. In the top of the 14th inning, freshman Ryan Lollis delivered a pinch-hit single to drive in senior J.C. Field with what would be the game-winning run.
The 14 inning game was the longest of the season for MU and took 4:44 to play.
The Tigers (32-26) fell behind as UC-Irvine plated the game's first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. However, Mizzou answered in the next half inning, tying the game at one on a two-out solo home run by junior Gary Arndt. It was Ardnt's fifth homer of the year.
The game remained tied until the top of the seventh when Arndt drove in his second run of the day. Sophomores Brock Bond and Evan Frey reached on back-to-back singles, placing runners on the corners. Arndt then dropped down a bunt and, on a play at the plate, Bond slid around the attempted tag of catcher Aaron Lowenstein to score the go-ahead run.
Missouri led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning, but a two-run triple by UC-Irvine's Cody Cipriano gave UCI the lead. Cipriano also scored on the play as a throwing error allowed him to score, giving the Anteaters a 4-2 lead.
The Tigers rallied once again to tie the game at four with two runs in the top of the ninth. Junior Hunter Mense and Bond opened the ninth with a pair of singles. An error by UCI allowed Frey to reach safely and Mense to score, pulling Mizzou within one. Arndt then grounded into a double play, but Bond scored on the play to tie the game heading to the bottom of the ninth.
The Anteaters (36-24) had the winning run on third with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but senior Travis Wendte forced UCI's Taylor Holiday to ground into a double play to end the inning and force extra innings.
After four scoreless frames in extra innings, the Tigers finally broke through with the run in the 14th on the base hit by Lollis.
Junior Nathan Culp pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Wendte did not allow a run in five innings in relief, striking out five. Senior Taylor Parker finished the final 1.2 innings and did not allow a run. The Tiger pitchers had just two walks and both were intentional passes.
The Tigers will take on the loser of Saturday afternoon's UCLA-Pepperdine game at 11 a.m. pacific time (1 p.m. central) on Sunday. If they win on Sunday, the Tigers would be back in action later that afternoon at 3 p.m. pacific time (5 p.m. central) taking on the winner of the UCLA-Pepperdine match-up.
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