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2B Davis Duren
DH Dane Phillips
3B Mark Ginther
LF Nico Rosthenhausler
C Kevin David
SS Tom Belza
RF Luis Uribe
1B Kevin Chambers
CF Dusty Harvard
P Thomas Keeling (4.35 ERA, 21 BB/62 K)
SS Mike Liberto
3B Andrew Thigpen
1B Aaron Senne
C Brett Nicholas
DH Andreas Plackis
RF Dane Opel
CF Russell LaFleur
LF Kale Gaden
2B Eric Garcia
P Nick Tepesch (4.66 ERA, 13 BB/33 K)
Bottom 2—If the first two innings are any indication, this is going to be a very well-pitched game. After getting bailed out by a baserunning gaffe by Liberto in the first, Keeling has settled down and thrown the ball really well.
The same goes for Tepesch, whose slider has looked unhittable today. He's allowed the only hit of the game—a double in the top of the second—but was able to pitch over it.
Bottom 4—After Davis Duren hit a solo home run in the top of the third, Missouri answered with a two-run home run by Brett Nicholas to take a 2-1 lead. The home run was Nicholas ' seventh of the year the first hit of the game for Missouri in the game.
Russell LaFleur added an RBI single to push Missouri's lead to 3-1 with two outs in the inning as well.
Nick Tepesch delivers a pitch to Davis Duren in the top of the third. Duren would hit a home run on the pitch.
Duren (38) celebrates with teammates following his solo home run in the third inning.
Dane Phillips strikes out to end the top of the third.
Thomas Keeling delivers a pitch in the bottom of the third.
Kevin David (25) dives back to first on a pickoff attempt in the top of the fourth.
Nick Tepesch delivers a pitch in the top of the fourth.
Andrew Thigpen throws to first for an out in the top of the fourth.
Bottom 5—Still a lot of good pitching. Keeling settled down and was able to pitch over an errant throw on a pickoff to first base that allowed Liberto to reach third, striking out Andrew Thigpen and Aaron Senne to end the inning.
Top 6—Aiding Tepesch has been some very good defense by Missouri today. Aaron Senne made a highlight-reel play to begin the top of the sixth, gloving a line drive on a short hop while doing a split. It looked kind of like a goalie gloving a puck that would've gone through the five-hole.
Then, to end the inning, Andrew Thigpen made a nice play on a high chopper, ranging to his left and making a strong throw on the run.
Bottom 6—Oklahoma State's pitching failed the, as Keeling walked the first two batters of the inning before being removed from the game for Matt Klein, who promptly walked the first batter he faced to load the bases.
Russell LaFleur then hit a chopper to second that looked like a sure-fire double play, but an errant throw on the pivot by second baseman Davis Duren allowed two runs to score on the play to put Missouri up 5-1. SP
Top 7—Continuing the theme of great defense, Russell LaFleur made a leaping catch to take away extra bases at the left field wall for the first out of the seventh. He didn't rob a home run like Ryan Lollis did in a game against Oklahoma last year, but he did save a double that could have put runners on second and third with nobody out.
However, Tepesch allowed a single to Tom Belza after LaFleur's catch to put runners on the corners with one out and balked in the runner from third with Luis Uribe at the plate. He got out of the inning with Missouri leading 5-2.
Top 8—I don't know if this has been pointed out already, but Kelly Fick easily has the best intro music of any player on the team—he comes out of the bullpen to the theme song from "Dexter." That's just outstanding.
Bottom 8—Some sloppy defense by Oklahoma State allows Missouri to push across four runs to take a 9-2 lead into the top of the ninth. A dropped fly ball by right fielder Luis Uribe started Missouri's rally, and RBI singles by Dane Opel and Blake Brown put Missouri up 7-2 and a throwing error by shortstop Tom Belza allowed two more runs to score to get Missouri its eighth and ninth runs.
Top 9—Kelly Fick nails down the win for Missouri.