Berger’s start helps Tigers finish

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:32 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

The Missouri baseball team made the most of its brief reprieve from the compitition of Big 12 conference play Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Missouri State.

Sophomore Ian Berger had his best outing of the year, keeping the Bears scoreless through six innings to improve his record to 3-1. He allowed only three hits and two walks to go along with five strike outs before being relieved by Ryan Gargano to start the seventh inning. Closer Kyle Gibson earned his sixth save of the season.

Coach Tim Jamieson took the opportunity of playing out of conference to make some changes to the team’s generally consistent conference lineup. Freshman Aaron Senne, who usually plays left field, played first base Tuesday to give everyday first baseman John McKee his first game off of the season. Senne went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Senne and second baseman Brock Bond, who each batted out of their typical spots in the lineup, each scored in the top of the sixth inning on a base hit by third baseman Kyle Mach to break what had been a scoreless tie. Center fielder Evan Frey added a security run in the ninth off of an RBI single by sophomore Ryan Lollis, who raised his season RBI total to 33.

MU WOMEN’S GOLF: The Missouri women’s golf team remained in 10th place after shooting a 317 during Tuesday’s second round at the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas. After two rounds, the Tigers had shot 633 for the tournament.

Junior Maddie Augustsson remains the top player for the Tigers, shooting a 75 on Tuesday to move into a tie for fifth place with a two-day total of 153.

Oklahoma State holds a four-shot lead over Texas A&M after two days. The tournament’s final round takes place Wednesday at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco.

MU MEN’S GOLF: The Missouri men’s golf team led the Big 12 by placing six golfers on the Academic All-Conference team on Tuesday.

Seniors John Kelly, Michael Unger, Trent Twaddle and Shawn Jasper, along with sophomore Peter Malnati and redshirt freshman Bud Reynolds qualified with grade point-averages over 3.0. The honor was the third for Kelly, and second for Unger and Jasper. Both Unger and Malnati earned the honor with 4.0 GPAs.

HICKMAN TENNIS: The Hickman boys’ tennis team swept all six singles matches in a 7-2 rout of Marshall Tuesday night in Marshall. The Kewpies stormed to a 6-0 lead before dropping two of three doubles matches.

In No. 1 singles, Dan Fine won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 over Jake Schulenberg. No. 2 singles player Justin Guevara defeated Marshall’s Hunter Lewis 7-6, 6-2.

The Kewpies’ Brandon Paige had a tougher time dispatching Taylor Starff, but eked out a No. 3 singles win 4-6, 6-3 7-6 (10-4).

The rest of the singles matches were straight set victories for the Kewpies. Cody Hogan beat Morgan Evans 6-3, 6-4. Sang Chung beat MacMillan Evans 6-4, 6-0, and Alex Turner defeated Jordan Adams 6-3, 6-3.

ROCK BRIDGE GOLF: In its meet at Oak Hills in Jefferson City, the Rock Bridge B-team finished third in a three-team meet posting a 178 to finish behind Jefferson City at 171 and Helias at 176. The low scorer for the Bruins was Tyler Cornell, who fired an 8-over-par 43.

In the C-team meet, Rock Bridge finished second with a score of 178. Jefferson City had a 174, while Helias had 179. The low Bruin in the C-team meet was Jarrod Cunningham, who also shot a 43.

PRO FOOTBALL: The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran defensive tackle James Reed to a three-year contract on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Reed, a free agent, started 15 games for Kansas City in 2006, including the Chiefs’ 23-8 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The former seventh-round pick out of Iowa State had 42 tackles, 10 quarterback pressures and a sack.

The Kansas City defense ranked 16th in the league last season, Reed’s first with the Chiefs. It marked a big improvement over 2005, when the Kansas City defense ranked 25th and allowed nearly 330 yards per game.

The Chiefs previously signed defensive linemen Jimmy Wilkerson and Ron Edwards and agreed to a four-year contract with former Chicago Bears backup Alfonso Boone. But the defensive line remains a priority heading into the draft, along with cornerback, wide receiver and offensive line.

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