Northern Illinois tops Tigers baseball team

Saturday, February 28, 2009 | 5:42 p.m. CST; updated 10:43 p.m. CST, Monday, March 2, 2009

Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson is lost.

The Tigers fell 5-2 on Saturday to Northern Illinois in the DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The loss is the Tigers’ seventh in a row after earnign a No. 10 preseason ranking from “Baseball America.”

“Wish I knew exactly what was going on,” Jamieson said in a radio interview. “We’re not playing well enough in any area to win.”

After Missouri (1-7) scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead, the Huskies (2-5) held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the game. Missouri stranded eight men on the bases.

The Tigers have struck out 44 times in the past four games.

Sophomore pitcher Kelly Fick took the loss, giving up three runs in six innings. Fick struck out five and walked three.

“We have to keep fighting because that’s the only option we have left,” Jamieson said.

Mizzou plays Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Tempe. It is the last game in a nine-game, 11-day road trip. Pitcher Josh Spence will start for the Sun Devils. Spence struck out 13 Tigers on Tuesday in Arizona State’s 3-1 win.


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