Walk-Off Sac Fly Lifts Missouri Over Baseball, 7-6, in 13th
March 12, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After seven scoreless innings, the Missouri Tigers used a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 13th inning to slip past visiting Xavier Friday evening in a marathon at UM's Taylor Stadium. The Musketeers and Tigers will continue their series Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 3 p.m.
Missouri (6-5) jumped out to an early four-run lead, putting up four runs in the first inning. After a single and two walks loaded the bases for the Tigers, back-to-back ground outs scored MU's first two runs. With a runner on third, Jonah Schmidt sent a ball over the fence for two RBI as both made it home. Heading into the second, Missouri held the 4-0 advantage.
Xavier (1-11) answered with a huge five-run third to take a slim 5-4 lead. Freshman Patrick Paligraf doubled to center field and Schmidt reached first with a bunt single. Both were moved over on a wild pitch and Paligraf scored on a balk, leaving Schmidt on third. Senior Bobby Freking collected an RBI with a single through the left side as Schmidt crossed home and senior Zac Richard followed with a single to right.
Junior Ryan Bellamy singled as well and Freking was able to reach home on an error by the center fielder. Bauer was walked to load the bases and Rod stepped to the plate with two outs in the inning. A base hit to center garnered Rod two RBI as Z. Richard and Bellamy scored on the play.
The Tigers got a run back in both the third and fourth innings to retake the lead, 6-5. But the Musketeers knotted the game at six runs apiece when redshirt senior Neil Lindgren doubled and was brought home on a single up the middle by junior Phil Bauer.
Both teams would battle through the next seven innings with no score until the bottom of the 13th. With no outs and the bases loaded, UM's Andreas Plakis pinch hit for the Tigers and his sacrifice fly sent home Andrew Thigpen who was able to beat out the throw at the plate.
Redshirt sophomore Josh Murphy (0-1) took the loss for the Musketeers after throwing 1.1 innings. He gave up one run on one hit while striking out one and walking two. Redshirt sophomore Nate Mutsch was XU's starter, throwing six innings giving up six runs on seven hits striking out three and walking three. Sophomore Josh Deeg put in five innings of scoreless middle relief, striking out seven while walking two.
Jeff Emens (1-1) earned the first win of his career after coming into the game in the ninth inning. He tossed 4.1 scoreless innings and struck out three while walking one.
The Tigers were led by Brett Nicholas who went 3-for-4 with an RBI.