3B Adam Muenster
SS Carter Jurica
CF Nick Martini
C Daniel Dellasega
1B Kent Urban
DH Blair DeBord
RF Nick Cocking
LF Matt Giller
2B Jake Brown
P Ryan Daniel (4.00 ERA, 5 BB/24 in 45 IP)
SS Michael Liberto
CF Dane Opel
1B Aaron Senne
3B Brett Nicholas
DH Andreas Plackis
2B Eric Garcia
RF Jonah Schmidt
LF Ryan Gebhart
C Ryan Ampleman
P Nick Tepesch (4.39 ERA, 15 BB/41 K in 53.1 IP)
It's overcast and cold, but it looks like the serious rain has moved out of Mid-Missouri so there's going to be baseball played today.
There are hardly any fans here a few minutes before first pitch, and it's tough to blame them. This weather, to say the least, is awful.
The wind is also blowing out pretty strong toward right field, so both pitchers are going to have to keep the ball down—especially to left-handed hitters. Maybe this could be a big day for Aaron Senne/Brett Nicholas/Dane Opel.
Bottom 1—A two-out double off the right field wall by Andreas Plackis plates Aaron Senne and Brett Nicholas to give Missouri an early 2-0 lead. Plackis hit a line drive to right that got up in the wind—which is blowing about 20 miles per hour out to right—and carried to the wall.
Earlier in the inning, Michael Liberto nearly hit his first home run in his two years at Missouri when he got a fly ball up in the air that bounced just to the right of the 340-foot marker down the right field line.
Bottom 3—Missouri knocks KSU starter Ryan Daniel out of the game by loading the bases with one out, but Eric Garcia hit into a double play to end the inning.
Through three, Nick Tepesch is throwing the ball very well. In wet, cold conditions like this, having a good feel for all your pitches is tough—but it looks like Tepesch has overcome the conditions so far.
Top 4—Kansas State gets on the board (of course they do, I just wrote about how well Tepesch was throwing) on an RBI double by Kent Urban that just got over the glove of Brett Nicholas at third base.
Bottom 4—In a very eventful inning, Missouri brings across two runs to take a 4-1 lead. KSU should've been out of the inning after Dane Opel struck out with a runner on third, but the ball bounced past catcher Daniel Dellasega, allowing Ryan Gebhart to score to put MU up 4-1.
Then, it looked like KSU pitcher Thomas Rooke had Opel picked off at first, but a balk was called. Pitching coach Sean McCann argued with the umpires and was ejected from the game.
The delay couldn't have helped Rooke, who had to stand in the cold, misty weather for a few minutes while McCann argued. He walked Senne and then saw the bases be loaded when third baseman Adam Muenster made an error, but Andreas Plackis grounded out to short to end the inning.
Top 8—Nick Tepesch nearly made it through eight, but a two-out walk to Tanner Witt put men on first and second with two out. Phil McCormick entered the game and struck out Adam Muenster to end the inning.
Despite not making it through eight, Tepesch turned in another very good outing. If his last few starts are any indication, Missouri may have found itself an ace for the stretch run of this season. He threw 133 pitches in the game—a Kyle Gibson-esque total.
Top 9—Despite a misplay by Ryan Gebhart in left that allowed runners to reach second and third with on out, Jeff Emens limits KSU to just a run and nails down the save for a 4-2 Missouri win.