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Missouri baseball edges Texas A&M

Saturday, March 31, 2012 | 6:41 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Missouri baseball team beat Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station, Texas, holding off the No. 6 Aggies in the bottom of the seventh and ninth innings for a 4-3 victory.

Missouri starter Blake Holovach, a junior left-hander, held Texas A&M without a hit through the first five innings, while the Tigers (16-10, 3-2 Big 12) racked up a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth, including junior right fielder Blake Brown's seventh home run of the season.

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The Aggies (21-6, 3-2 Big 12), however, rallied in the seventh, getting to Holovach for four hits and three runs, before senior right-hander Jeff Emens came on in relief with one out. The Tigers caught the Aggies attempting to steal home for the tying run for the second out, then Emens struck out the next batter to preserve the lead.

After Emens retired the side in order in the eighth, the Aggies put a runner on third with two out in the ninth. Pinch hitter Chance Bolocerek hit a single into center field, but Tigers outfielder Brannon Champagne's throw to catcher Ben Turner was on target and caught the runner at the plate.

Holovach improved to 5-0 this season with the victory. Emens earned his first save of the year. Champagne had two hits and an RBI in the victory.

Missouri is set to play the deciding game of the three-game series at Texas A&M at 1 p.m. Sunday at Blue Bell Park.

 


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