June 5, 2004
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- -
Despite a ninth-inning charge by the Mizzou baseball team, the Tigers fell to Arkansas by a score of 10-7 at the NCAA Regionals in Fayetteville, Ark., bringing an end to their season.
Missouri trailed 10-1 heading into the ninth inning, when it scored six runs. Senior Kyle Johnson would leadoff with a single and then steal second base. He then scored when sophomore Trevor Helms singled. After senior Lee Laskowski walked, senior Cody Ehlers singled to drive in Helms and sophomore James Boone followed with a single to drive in Laskowski. That was followed by senior Jeremy Hernandez, who hit a three-run home run over the right field wall for his third round-tripper of the season.
Laskowski was 3-for-4 on the day and finishes the season with a .355 batting average. Boone and Hernandez each had two hits against Arkansas and Ehlers was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Ehlers finished the season as the Tigers' leading hitter with a .364 average.
The game started with each team putting a run across the plate in the first inning. Arkansas, which was the visitor in the game, scored a run in the top of the inning when Blake Parker singled to drive in Clay Goodwin who had reached on a single.
Mizzou answered by scoring a run as Helms crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Ehlers.
Arkansas put up back-to-back three-run innings in the fourth and fifth innings to build a 7-1 advantage.
MU threatened in the bottom of the sixth, as the first three batters to the plate reached to load the bases with no outs in the inning. However, Razorback pitcher Jay Sawatski retired the next three Tigers with a pair of pop-ups and a strike out to get out of the inning without a run scoring.
In the eighth inning, Arkansas put together another three-run inning on two hits and with the help of a walk, a hit batter and an error.
Senior Mark Alexander came on in relief for Mizzou in the sixth inning, adding to his school record with his 35th appearance
of the season.
The Tigers conclude the season with a 38-23-1 record, marking the most wins in a season for MU since the 1996 team was 39-19.