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Columbia Missourian

Missouri baseball snaps losing streak against Arkansas-Little Rock

By Caitlin Swieca
April 10, 2012 | 9:54 p.m. CDT
Outfielder Blake Brown returns to first base after attempting to steal second during the Missouri baseball game against Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday. Brown was safe but later was tagged out at second.

COLUMBIA — Heading into the late innings of its game Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium, the Missouri baseball team looked like the lifeless team that had been swept by Baylor in its past three games. 

The Tigers (17-14) squandered an early lead and trailed Arkansas-Little Rock 4-2 before the offense woke up. A two-out rally in the seventh inning gave Missouri a lead that it was able to hold for its first victory in five tries.

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Pitcher Ryan Yuengel got his first start for Missouri and gave up five hits and four runs over three innings.

Left fielder Brannon Champagne extended his streak of reaching base to 23 games by being hit by a pitch in the first inning. 

Right fielder Blake Brown's hitting streak is now at 18 games. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a stolen base. 

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Missouri shortstop Eric Garcia said the successful rally was a result of a number of factors coming together.

"We just got to the next person," he said. "We got pitches to hit, we took advantage of it. We got walks in key situations. We just all came together and kind of just believed in the next guy."

The win was a confidence booster for the Tigers, who took a break from conference play.

"It was a game we knew we had to bring energy to because we've been beaten by teams like this before, where we come out flat and don't have enough energy," Missouri third baseman Conner Mach said.

With the victory under their belts, the Tigers will head to Busch Stadium on Wednesday to take on Illinois before hitting the road for their next conference series against Oklahoma.