June 5, 2006
MALIBU, Calif.-- -
Missouri won its first-ever NCAA Regional and advanced to the Super Regional round by defeating Pepperdine, 8-3 on Monday in Malibu, Calif. The Tigers won four straight games at the Malibu Regional after dropping the opener on Friday against Pepperdine to become the first No. 4 seeded team in a regional to ever advance to the Super Regionals.
MU will take on Cal State-Fullerton beginning on Friday in the `Sweet 16' round. The Super Regionals is a best two-out-of-three series. Times for the games in Fullerton will be announced later.
Mizzou (35-26) jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring a run in the third and adding three in the fourth. Senior Derek Chambers scored the first run of the game as he singled and crossed the plate when the Pepperdine leftfielder had difficulty handling the ball on a double off the bat of MU sophomore Jacob Priday.
Junior John McKee scored the Tigers' first run of the 3-run fourth inning, crossing the plate when junior Gary Arndt grounded out. Sophomore Brock Bond, who was 4-for-5 on the day, doubled in the fourth and scored when Chambers drew a bases loaded walk. Priday followed Chambers with a two-out single to drive in the third run of the inning.
Pepperdine (42-21) cut the lead in half with two unearned runs in the sixth inning, as a pair of runs scored on a Tiger error.
The Tigers responded by putting up four runs in the next half inning. Mizzou had six hits in the top of the seventh, including an RBI double by Bond and a single by senior J.C. Field that drove in a run. The first two runs of the innings scored on an error by the Waves' third baseman on a ball hit by McKee.
The Waves got a run back as Justin Tellam hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season. However, junior Nathan Culp
, on in relief, was able to get out of the inning with a five-run lead still in tact. Pepperdine then loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but senior Travis Wendte
was able to get the final out.
Senior Taylor Parker made his fifth career start and turned in a career-long 5.2 innings pitched, allowing just two runs on five hits. He took the win to improve to 4-4 on the season. It was the 107th appearance for Parker at Mizzou and puts him within one of the record at Missouri held by Scott Black.