Tigers Clinch Series With 12-7 Win|
April 28, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri broke open a one-run ball game in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run outburst and clinched the series over Texas Tech with a 12-7 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium.
The Red Raiders (25-20; 7-12) gave up a first inning run for the second straight day as Missouri's Jacob Priday tripled off the right field wall and that scored leadoff hitter Evan Frey who reached on a single.
After watching Missouri (30-12; 11-6) score nine runs in the third inning last night, Texas Tech took out some aggression of its own in the third inning today. The Red Raiders plated four runs on four hits all with two outs in the inning. Matt Smith drove in the first two runs of the frame when he blasted a double to the gap in right-center field. James Leverton and Chris Richburg rounded out the scoring with back-to-back RBI singles.
Tech's third inning aggression was matched by the Tigers as Missouri erased a three-run deficit with four runs in the inning to grab a 5-4 lead. Tech starter Colt Hynes gave up four hits and one walk in the frame before retiring the next three batters to end the inning.
Missouri jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Lollis blasted a three-run home run to right field.
Texas Tech struck back with another two-out rally in the top half of the fifth inning as Tech plated three runs to pull within one (8-7). Left fielder Chris Richburg plated the first run with a single to right that allowed Matt Smith to score from third after reaching on a one-out walk. Junior second baseman Jason Seefeld came through in clutch and picked up his first hit of the game and brought in two runs on a hard hit line drive to right field.
Three walks and a hit batter by Tech pitching in the bottom of the sixth broke the game open for the Tigers as they scored four runs to take a 12-7 lead.
Colt Hynes (3-5) suffered the loss for Tech after giving up eight runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings. Greg Folgia (4-3) earned the win for Missouri in relief as he held shutout Tech over 4 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech will try and salvage the final game of this series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.