Missouri baseball loses both games of doubleheader to Nebraska

Saturday, May 21, 2011 | 11:19 p.m. CDT

The Missouri baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader against Nebraska on Saturday, ending its season with a pair of losses and snapping a streak of four-straight series wins against Big 12 opponents. The Tigers (24-30, 11-15) dropped the first game 4-3 and the second 8-5 to the Cornhuskers (30-25, 9-17) and enter the Big 12 conference tournament in seventh place. Had the Tigers won both games, they would have finished fifth in the conference.

Nebraska 4, Missouri 3

Cornhusker right-hander Tyler Niederklein pitched into the eighth inning and gave up three earned runs, and Nebraska third-baseman Cody Asche drove in the game-winning run on a go-ahead single in the sixth inning as Nebraska took the first game of the doubleheader.

Missouri manufactured two runs in the second, taking a 2-1 lead after a walk and hit batsman led to a Nebraska run in the bottom of the first. Tigers designated hitter Jonah Schmidt led off the inning with a single and stole second. Blake Brown advanced him with a bunt single to first, and Schmidt scored on Jesse Santo's sacrifice fly. Back-to-back doubles from Ben Turner and CJ Jarvis gave the Tigers their second run of the inning. Turner was 2-4 with a pair of doubles. Conner Mach singled, stole second and scored on a groundout to short in the third to add to Missouri's lead.

Nebraska then evened the score with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on three hits and one error. The Cornhuskers scored the winning run when Missouri walked leadoff batter Khiry Cooper, who came across on Asche's bloop single to left.

Nebraska's Niederklein and Dylan Vogt held Missouri hitless over the last four innings.

Nebraska 8, Missouri 5

Missouri carried a two-run lead into the fourth, but the Cornhuskers went on to score six runs in the inning and never gave up the lead.

Cody Asche followed up a game-winning single in the first game to go 4-4, with two runs scored and one driven in in the second game. He led off Nebraska's six-hit, six-run fourth with a double, went on to score and then drove in another with a single later in the inning.

Conner Mach, Eric Garcia and Scott Sommerfeld each went 2-5 for the Tigers, who scattered three runs in the eighth and ninth but never threatened to tie Nebraska.

The Big 12 conference tournament begins on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

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