Missouri Completes Sweep Of Texas Tech|
April 29, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Ryan Lollis scored on a two-out bases loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Missouri Tigers to a 6-5 win over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon at Taylor Stadium in Columbia. The win by Missouri completes the three-game sweep for the Tigers.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 25-21overall and to 7-13 in Big 12 play while Missouri improves to 31-12 and 12-6.
Down 4-3 going in the top of the ninth, Kyle Martin reached on a one-out walk and James Leverton gave Tech its first lead of the game when he blasted a two-run home run to center field that put the Red Raiders ahead 5-4.
As was the case all weekend long, the Tech pitching staff couldn't hold the Tigers in the bottom half of the ninth. Ryan Lollis tied the game with a double to right field that scored Evan Frey who reached on a leadoff walk by Travis Young. Tech went to the bullpen for AJ Ramos but he couldn't stop the bleeding as he walked two batters and then allowed Lollis to score the winning run on a wild pitch.
Just as they have done in the first two games of this series, Missouri jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a pair of doubles by Evan Frey and Jacob Priday. Frey led off the inning with a double to right center and then scored on a double to left by Priday.
The pattern of destruction followed its same course for the Red Raiders again in the third inning as Tech starter Cory Large surrendered two runs on a home run by Jacob Priday that landed in the Missouri bullpen in left field. A total of 15 Missouri runs in this series have been scored in the third inning as Tech gave up nine on Friday and four in yesterday's 12-7 loss.
Three consecutive hits in the top of the fifth led to Tech's first two runs of the game as the Red Raiders pulled within one at 3-2. Junior first baseman Jason Seefeld drove in the first run with a single to right-center and third baseman Ben Baker brought in the second with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Priday pushed the Missouri lead to 4-2 when he led off the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the game. The home run marked his fourth RBI of the afternoon.
Freshman center fielder Taylor Ashby made it a one-run game in the top of the seventh when he dropped a line drive into left field that scored Chris Richburg. Richburg reached one a one-out single and moved into scoring position on a balk by Missouri reliever Kyle Gibson.
Travis Young (3-2) suffered loss for Tech after giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Texas Tech returns home to Dan Law Field on Tuesday evening for a 6:30 p.m. game against Dallas Baptist.