Missouri Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader
Missouri Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader
COLUMBIA, Mo. - A two-RBI single by Missouri's Dane Opel in the bottom of the 10th completed a Tiger doubleheader sweep of No. 16 Kansas State Sunday afternoon at a rainy Taylor Stadium.
The two-run base hit gave the Tigers a come-from-behind 9-8 victory after MU won the first game of the doubleheader, 4-2, to take both games of the series.
The series was scheduled to begin on Friday but was pushed back two days due to rain, forcing the cancellation of one game and a doubleheader on Sunday. With the doubleheader sweep, Missouri improved to 21-17 overall and 6-8 in Big 12 play.
The two losses dropped K-State to 27-10 this season and 9-5 in conference action.
Kansas State led 7-6 entering the bottom of the ninth of game two but a leadoff walk, one of a season-high 12 by the Wildcats in the game, came around to score on a single and a squeeze bunt by Ryan Ampleman.
Kansas State responded in the 10th when Jake Brown was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on an Adam Muenster infield single. After a fly out moved Brown to third, Nick Martini laced a double into the gap in right-center field to give the Cats a one-run lead.
Evan Marshall (3-2), who retired all 13 batters he faced in the first game of the twin bill, worked the bottom of the 10th in search of his second save of the season. He walked Andrew Thigpen to lead off the inning before Aaron Senne hit a ground ball to Kent Urban at first. Urban threw to second base to record the first out and Marshall was on the receiving end at first base for the attempted double play. But the umpire ruled that Marshall's foot came off the bag and Senne was safe.
That called loomed large as Marshall forced a fly out for the second out of the frame. A single to shallow right field by Andreas Plackis and a walk put the winning run on second before Opel drove home the game-winning run.
Missouri reliever Kelly Fick took the win as he shut down the Wildcats in his first four innings of work. The left-hander allowed the 10th inning run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Muenster had a game-high three hits with one RBI to improve his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games. Muenster, who was 2-for-4 in the first game, topped his 18-game hitting streak from 2008 to move into fifth place in school history. Matt Giller led the Wildcats in the second game with two runs driven in.
Missouri, which had five players record two hits in the second contest and tallied seven doubles over the two games, received three-RBI games from both Opel and Brett Nicholas.
The loss was the first in three extra-inning games for the Cats this season.
Kansas State had no answer for Nick Tepesch for most of the first contest as the right-hander allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings. Tepesch, who threw 134 pitches, was able to work around seven hits and six walks, but he also recorded five strikeouts.
K-State countered Tepesch's effort with Marshall, who came in to the game with the Wildcats trailing 4-1 in the fourth inning. He was able to get of a bases-loaded jam, which began a string of 13-straight retired batters to keep the Tigers in check.
Kansas State, which left 13 runners on base in the first game, had its chances but missed out on opportunities in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. In the fifth, Giller doubled before a pair of walks loaded the bases, but Daniel Dellasega grounded out to end the frame.
The seventh inning saw K-State put runners on second and third with one out before a ground out and a fielder's choice ended that threat.
The Cats had runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth when Muenster tattooed a ball down the left-field line, but the ball landed foul by a matter of inches. Tepesch came back to strike out Muenster, which proved to be the final batter the right-hander faced of the game.
The Wildcats put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but could only scratch across one run on an Urban single before Jeff Emens closed the door on K-State for his fourth save of the season.
Martini, who tallied three doubles in two games, and Muenster led the Cats offensively in game one as each recorded two hits. Plackis also recorded a two-hit contest to lead Mizzou.
Kansas State returns home for a two-game series against Chicago State, beginning on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.