Cats Drop One-Run Contest to MU in Series Opener

Jared King

May 6, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Missouri used a three-run sixth inning to erase a one-run deficit and held on down the stretch for a 5-4 victory Friday night in front of 1,619 fans at Tointon Family Stadium.

Missouri, which has won six of its last nine conference games, improved to 20-26 overall and 7-11 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats fell to 27-19 and 8-13 in conference action, dropping their 10th one-run game of the season.

K-State scored three times in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. Nick Martini and Jared King each recorded RBI singles, while Jason King drove home a run with a sacrifice fly. The Wildcats stranded two runners in scoring position when Wade Hinkel grounded out to end the inning.

The Wildcats had a chance to extend their lead in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs. Missouri starting pitcher Eric Anderson (1-0) got Ross Kivett to ground into a force out at home then induced Martini to hit into an inning-ending double play to keep the Tigers in the game.

Anderson was rewarded in the sixth when Missouri scored three times. Brannon Champagne led off with a bunt single and stole second base. K-State brought in reliever Evan Marshall (4-5), who gave up a RBI double to Jonah Schmidt to tie the game at three. After Marshall fanned Blake Brown for the second out, Ben Turner walked to extend the inning. Jesse Santo and C.J. Jarvis then recorded consecutive RBI singles to give Missouri a 5-3 lead.

"The one-run losses are very tough," head coach Brad Hill said. "It just boils down to little things that happen inside the game. You go back and dissect the game a little bit and the `what-if's' come into play. The biggest thing was having the bases loaded and no outs, and we don't score there. That was a huge momentum swing for them. We could have extended the lead out and kept a lot of positive energy on our side. That zapped us."

Jason King blasted a home run to right field in the seventh to get the Cats within 5-4.

Missouri reliever Phil McCormick came on the work the eighth and surrendered a leadoff infield single to Jared King, who represented the tying run. King moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and got to third on a ground out. But McCormick forced Dan Klein to ground out to end the threat, then worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Anderson earned his first win of the year, allowing four runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Santo, Schmidt and Conner Mach led Missouri offensively with two hits apiece. Santo also had a RBI double in the second, while Eric Garcia recorded a RBI ground out in the third.

Jared King paced the Cats with three hits, while Jake Brown tallied two singles to earn his second multi-hit game in the last three contests. Jason King's homer was his team-leading ninth of the year, which ranks second in the Big 12.

Kansas State continues its three-game series with Missouri with a 2 p.m., first pitch Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium. Tickets are available by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS or by logging on to The ticket windows at Tointon Family Stadium open one hour prior to first pitch.