Plackis' Sacrifice Fly Gets Mizzou Past Missouri State
SPRINGFIELD, MO -- Senior first baseman Andreas Plackis hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning and the Mizzou baseball team defeated Missouri State, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Hammons Field. The win for the Tigers is their fourth straight win and their first at Missouri State since 2008. Freshman John Miles earned his third win of the season as he pitched the final two innings, including a 1-2-3 11th inning. Mizzou is now 22-17 on the season as it heads to Lubbock, Texas, for a three-game series with Texas Tech this weekend.
Mizzou was led at the plate by Brannon Champagne who went 3-5 with an RBI as he extended his streak to 31-straight games reaching base, the best active streak in the Big 12 and just one game shy of the school record. He is also just three games shy of the longest streak in the Big 12 this season (Texas' Mark Payton - 34). Dillon Everett also had a multi-hit night as we went 2-3 with a walk and a run.
After a scoreless first inning, Eric Garcia got a two-out double in the top of the second, but it came with two outs and Sal Belfonte struck out swinging to end the threat. Mizzou starter Jeff Emens then came out and threw a 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a great play at short by Garcia for the second out.
Mizzou threatened to score in the top of the third as Dillon Everett hit a one-out double down the left field line and then Conner Mach was hit by a pitch, bringing in Champagne who singled into right field. That loaded the bases for Ben Turner, but he hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat. Following that, Trey Massenberg led off the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to right to put the Bears on the board, 1-0. Emens proceeded to sit down the side in order following the solo day.
The Tigers threatened to score again in the fourth as Dane Opel led off the frame with a single through the right side, but he was stranded in scoring position after three straight outs. Mizzou stranded four base runners through the first four innings. Yuengel then came on in the fourth and retired the side in order, sending the game to the fifth with the Bears on top, 1-0.
In the top of the fifth, Andreas Plackis and Everett tallied back-to-back singles to put a pair on with no outs. Mach then doubled down the left field line to score Plackis from second base. That brought up Champagne who tallied his second hit of the day, a blooper into shallow right center, to score another run, bringing Turner to the plate with runners on the corners and no outs. He then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and Mizzou was on top, 3-1. With the three runs, Mizzou has now outscored its opponents, 33-8, in the fifth inning this season.
The Bears threatened to get a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning as Yuengel allowed the Bears to get runners on the corners with two outs. That ended his day as Jake Walsh came on to face MSU's Spiker Helms. He threw three pitches and got Helms out swinging on the final pitch of the sequence to get Mizzou out of the jam. After Mizzou went 1-2-3 in the sixth, Walsh came back out and allowed a two-out single and walk before getting Helms to fly out to center to end the threat.
Walsh came back on the face the 2-3-4 hitters in the eighth inning and he allowed a leadoff single to Kevin Medrano that caromed off of his glove. That ended his outing after a season-best 2.1 innings in favor of Dusty Ross. He gave up a double to Brent Seifert that scored Medrano from first and he advanced to third on an error by Garcia. He was then driven in to tie the game at 3-3 on a 4-3 groundout by Brock Chaffin.
Following the groundout, Luke Voit reached on an error by Mach at third base, but Ross retried the next two batters on nice plays by Everett - one on a running play just over the first base bag and another on a grounder towards the second base bag - to get out of the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Mizzou went 1-2-3 again as MSU reliever Grant Gordon retired 13 straight Tiger batters sending the game to the bottom of the ninth knotted at 3-3. Ross came back out and retired the first batter of the inning before giving up a one-out triple to Eric Cheray just in front of a diving Opel. But the ball got past him and rolled to the corner, putting the winning run just 90 feet from home.
But Ross dug deep from there and got Helms to strikeout and then issued an intentional pass to Medrano. That brought in Seifert who gave fastball a ride to center field, but Champagne caught the ball on the warning track to send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Mizzou got its leadoff runner aboard and got runners on second and third with just one out after a double by Champagne. But Turner walked to load the bases and then Opel hit into a 1-2-3 double play to get MSU out of the jam. That marked the second inning-ending double play with the bases loaded for the Tigers in the game.
Freshman John Miles then came on in the bottom of the 10th and retired the side in order to send the game to the 11th. After Garcia walked with one out, Scott Sommerfeld singled through the right side to put runners on the corners with one out and Plackis then hit his sacrifice fly to score Garcia, putting the Tigers on top for good.
Mizzou will be on the road again this weekend at Texas Tech for a three-game series.