Missouri Clinches Series With 7-2 Win Over Texas Tech|
April 2, 2005
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Texas Tech's fielding woes continued on Saturday evening and Missouri took full advantage as the Tigers clinched this three-game series with a 7-2 win at Taylor Stadium in Columbia.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 18-10 on the season and the Red Raiders now stand at 2-5 in Big 12 play. The loss is Tech's eighth in the last 12 games.
Missouri (23-4; 5-0) scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first as the Tigers got RBI singles from Hunter Mense and Jacob Priday along with an RBI double by James Boone. The Red Raiders had trouble picking up the ball in the lights as two of the balls landed right in front of Tech outfielders.
Texas Tech plated its first run of the series in the top of the third when Cooper Fouts drove home Brent Thomas with on an RBI groundout to the Missouri shortstop. Thomas got into scoring position when he laced a one-out triple to right field.
For the second straight day the Red Raider defense fell apart as the Tigers scored two runs off various defensive miscues to push their lead to 5-1.
Down 6-1 in the top of the fifth, the Red Raiders plated a single run to help cut into the Tiger lead. Junior second baseman Joey Callender laced a ball down the right field line that scored Cooper Fouts from second. Fouts reached base on walk and moved into scoring position after Cody Fuller was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game.5-0
Missouri sophomore left-hander Nathan Culp improved to 5-0 on the season after tossing seven innings allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out seven. Tech right-hander Adam Lawford (2-3) lost his third straight decision as he gave up six earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work.
Texas Tech will try and salvage the finale of this three-game series as the two teams will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday.