Ben Turner's Walk-off Single Leads Mizzou
COLUMBIA -- The Missouri Tigers (11-5) increased their winning streak to 10 games with a dramatic 8-7 win over High Point Friday night at Taylor Stadium. Ben Turner was the hero of the night with his walkoff single in the ninth inning that scored Blake Brown from second base.
Turner's single was the first walkoff win for the Tigers since Eric Garcia's against Oklahoma State in last year's Big 12 tournament.
Rob Zastrysny earned a no decision after throwing 5.2 innings, giving up nine hits with six runs, four earned, and striking out five batters. Closer Jake Walsh got his first win of the year after his first blown save in seven opportunities.
Scott Sommerfeld's two-out RBI double scored Ben Turner from first to give Mizzou a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.
High Point threatened with bases loaded and one out in the third, and a two-out single pushed two across to take a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the third.
Champagne led off with a walk, then Eric Garcia notched an infield single. Conner Mach's bunt single loaded the bases for Dane Opel, who doubled down the right field line to clear the bases and take a 4-2 lead. Mizzou tacked on one more run to take a 5-2 lead into the fourth inning.
A one-out double for High Point set the stage for the Panthers to score on the ensuing single to cut the Tigers' lead to 5-3. A gap shot double to right center scored the runner from second, and made the score 5-4 with one out, but the Tigers were able to stop the High Point rally at two runs.
Going into the ninth inning down 7-6, High point started off the ninth inning with a home run to tie the game at seven, meaning Walsh's first blown save in seven attempts. After a single followed the home run, Walsh made a spectacular play diving to catch a sacrifice bunt attempt that was popped up down the first base line, and the Panthers were held off the board the rest of the inning. Brown and Sommerfeld walked with one out in the ninth, then Turner laced a single to left, scoring Brown for the winning run, a final score of 8-7.
The Tigers and Panthers meet up tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the second game of a three-game set.