3B Adam Muenster
SS Carter Jurica
CF Nick Martini
C Daniel Dellasega
1B Kent Urban
DH Blair DeBord
RF Mike Kindel
LF Matt Giller
2B Tanner Witt
P Kyle Hunter (3.10 ERA, 16 BB/26 K in 49.1 IP)
SS Michael Liberto
2B Andrew Thigpen
1B Aaron Senne
3B Brett Nicholas
DH Andreas Plackis
LF Ryan Gebhart
CF Dane Opel
RF Jonah Schmidt
C Ryan Ampleman
P Brad Buehler (5.40 ERA, 7 BB/23 K in 26.2 IP)
It's interesting but not surprising to see Buehler get the start over Eric Anderson in Sunday's second game—Buehler has thrown the ball better than Anderson as of late.
Bottom 2—Missouri nearly got two on the board when Jonah Schmidt doubled down the left field line with Dane Opel on first. Opel was waived home—with Ryan Ampleman on deck and a tough angle for left fielder Matt Giller, it wasn't a bad decision—and was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw. Ryan Gebhart scored on the play to make it 1-0.
However, a couple of great at-bats by Michael Liberto (walk) and Andrew Thigpen (bases loaded hit-by-pitch) brought home that second run. Missouri's made Kyle Hunter really work in these first two innings.
Top 4—Buehler was cruising until he gave up a two-out double to Kent Urban, which was followed by an error on Michael Liberto that allowed Urban to score to bring the score to 2-1 MU.
That was followed by a single off the bat of Mike Kindel to put runners on second and third for Matt Giller, who ripped a double into right field that brought home two runs. Giller advanced to third on a throwing error by Andrew Thigpen.
Buehler then walked Tanner Witt and gave up an RBI single to Adam Muenster to put KSU up 4-2.
In his first two starts, Buehler hasn't had good defense behind him. Today is no different. But that's not to deflect all the blame off Buehler—he still has to pitch over these defensive miscues.
Bottom 4—With a steady rain beginning to fall at Taylor Stadium, Missouri loaded the bases with two out and Brett Nicholas ripped a three-run double to right to put Missouri up 5-4. Those are the kind of hits—two out, RBI hits—that Missouri has struggled to get for most of the year.
Top 5—KSU ties it up and knocks Buehler out of the game in the process on a double, bunt, and groundout. Ryan Clubb entered the game and allowed runners to reach second and third before getting Matt Giller to pop out to second to end the inning.
Andrew Thigpen made his second error of the game in the inning, the third of the game for Missouri. It'd be an understatement to say this game has been much sloppier than the first game of today's doubleheader.
Bottom 5—With the rain still falling, every run counts at this point, and that's just what Missouri got in quick fashion. Ryan Gebhart led the inning off with a double that was followed by a line drive single off the bat of Dane Opel to score Gebhart and put Missouri back up t 6-5.
Top 6—KSU takes the lead right back with three straight hits—including a two-run single by Carter Jurica—off Clubb. Kelly Fick entered the game and retired the next three batters, but the damage was done.
Top 8—Fick cruises through another inning, pitching over a pair of two-out errors by Brett Nicholas at third to nail down his third scoreless inning of work. His ERA is down below 1.50 for the year and he has 18 strikeouts to just four walks in 24 innings pitched.
On the negative side of things, Nicholas' two errors put Missouri at five for the game. The fact that the MU is within one going to the bottom of the eighth with five errors is pretty surprising.
Bottom 9—A leadoff walk by Ryan Gebhart and a one-out single by Jonah Schmidt put runners on the corners for Ryan Ampleman, who laid down a safety squeeze bunt to first base that scored Gebhart and tied the game. Michael Liberto flied out to right with Schmidt on second to end the inning and send the game to extras.
Top 10—KSU gets the run back on a single by Nick Martini. Missouri now needs a run to tie it in the bottom of the frame.
Bottom 10—Dane Opel walks off! He grounded up the middle for a two-run single to win the game for Missouri, 9-8.