Big Inning Propels Missouri To Series Opening Win Over Texas Tech|
April 27, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri jumped out to a 10-1 lead with a nine-run third inning and the Tigers cruised to a 10-4 series-opening win over Texas Tech on Friday evening at Taylor Stadium in Columbia.
The loss is the second in a row for the Red Raiders and their second straight Big 12 loss as Tech fell to 25-19 overall and to 7-11 in the Big 12. Missouri improved to 29-12 overall and to 10-6 in league play.
Missouri jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first due to a shaky start by Tech sophomore right-hander AJ Ramos. Ramos, who fell to 8-3 on the season, gave up just one hit in the inning but walked two batters and hit one. Trevor Coleman was credited with the RBI when Ramos walked him with the bases loaded.
Texas Tech tied the game in the top of the second thanks to a clutch RBI singe by freshman center fielder Taylor Ashby. Ashby's two-out single scored Kyle Martin who led off the inning with a single to left.
Ramos teetered on the edge for the first two innings and couldn't escape disaster in the third as he surrendered six runs on four hits. In all, the Tigers sent a total of 15 batters to the plate in the innings and plated a total of nine runs on six hits to take a 10-1 lead. Reliever Trey Schurr gave up three runs on two hits and two walks.
Aaron Crow (6-2) picked up the win for Missouri after giving up just two run on seven hits and struckout six over seven innings of work.
Texas Tech will try and even this three-game series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet for a 2 p.m. first pitch.