MANHATTAN, Kan. – Trevor Coleman’s solo homer in the top of the 12th
provided the winning run and Derek Bunker flied out to right with the
tying run at second in the bottom half of the inning as Missouri
clinched the series with Kansas State after rallying for a 7-6 win in
12 innings on Sunday.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 22-10 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play,
while Missouri moved to 24-9 and 6-3.
K-State was one strike away from taking the win and the series in the
ninth but a two-strike, two-out triple to right center by Brock Bond
erased a 6-4 Wildcat lead and plated the tying runs. The hit was a big
one as closer Daniel Edwards failed to nail down the win for the first
time this season and also saw his scoreless relief streak snapped at
21.2 innings with that hit.
Kansas State, which left 13 men on base in the game, had several chances
to win the game but could not come through with the key hit down the
stretch. Jordan Cruz led off the bottom of the ninth with a single but
was left stranded at second with one out after a strikeout and a ground
out ended the threat.
After keeping Missouri off the board in the top of the 10th, the Cats
then put runners at first and third in the bottom half of the inning as
singles from Eddie Vasquez and Rob Vaughn put the winning run at third
base with just one out. But, Derek Bunker struck out looking and Kyle
Livingston flied out to left to send the game to the 11th inning.
After the Cats got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 11th, Byron Wiley
collected a two-out double to left to again put the winning run in
scoring position, but Nate Tenbrink was called out on strikes to end
Coleman then delivered a solo homer off Tyler Ruch to lead off the 12th
and pitcher Scooter Hicks again worked out of a little jam in the
bottom half to end the game. Pinch hitter Brett Scott worked a one-out
walk and moved to second on a wild pitch, but consecutive fly outs from
Vaughn and Bunker ended the game.
Missouri broke through for three runs in the first two innings off
starter Ben Hornbeck before the Cats answered back with four straight
to take a 4-3 lead. Ruch’s first career homer, a two-run blast in the
third, gave the Cats the 4-3 lead until Mizzou answered back with one
in the fifth to tie the game at four.
The Cats then took the lead at 6-4 in the eighth as Tenbrink and Ruch
each scored on wild pitches to give the Cats the advantage heading into
the top of the ninth.
Ruch (2-1) also suffered the loss on the mound after surrendering the
homer in the 12th, while Missouri reliever Scooter Hicks (3-0) took the
win after tossing 2.2 shutout innings and allowing just one hit.
Wiley and Vasquez led the Wildcat offense on Sunday, which out-hit
Missouri, 14-12, in the game, with three hits each while Ruch and
Vaughn each had two hits.
Kansas State continues play on Tuesday as it hosts Creighton at Tointon
Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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