Missouri baseball team struggles in College Station

Saturday, March 27, 2010 | 8:05 p.m. CDT; updated 9:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 27, 2010

A two-run double by Texas A&M’s Adam Smith in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the No. 21-ranked Aggies a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Missouri baseball team on Saturday at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas. The Tigers did not trail until the end of the game and Texas A&M scored all five of its runs in the final three innings.

Texas A&M (17-5, 4-1) tied the game with a pair of runs in the seventh inning, scoring the first on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Naquin. The tying run crossed the plate on an Missouri error. The Tigers avoided falling behind by throwing out Scott Arthur at the plate as he attempted to score on a wild pitch.

Missouri (12-8, 0-2) regained the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth, which included freshman Blake Brown’s second double of the game and a two-out RBI single by senior Michael Liberto.

The Aggies cut the lead to one with a run in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases then getting a sacrifice fly from Joaquin Hinojosa. In the ninth, Naquin and Brandon Wood singled and, after a fly out, both scored on Smith’s walk-off double.

“I was pleased with how we battled,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said in a release. “We played hard, but made a lot of mistakes. We gave away a lot of free bases and you can’t win if you do that against a good team.”

Missouri freshman pitcher Eric Anderson turned in 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, striking out two and walking one. Anderson left the game with the lead and was credited with a no decision.

Missouri lost 3-1 to the Aggies in its Big 12 opener on Friday to see a five-game winning streak snapped. It was the first time Mizzou dropped its conference opener in six years dating back to a 2004 loss against Kansas State.

Senior Aaron Senne scored for the Tigers from first base on a two-out double by freshman Eric Garcia in the fourth inning. The Tigers were held hitless after the fourth inning.

The final game of the weekend series is set for 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.


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