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Baseball Slips in Opener vs. Missouri, 4-2

April 21, 2011

15-22 (3-9)
20-19 (6-10)
 Box Score | Quotes | Highlights

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 8 0
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
W - Buehler (2-2) 2.0 3 1 1 1 1
L - Turley (2-3) 6.1 7 4 3 0 7
S - McCormick (3) 2.1 1 0 0 2 1
Batting Leaders
BU - Muncy 4 1 1 1 1 1
BU - Towey 3 1 1 1 0 1
MU - Champagne 3 2 1 0 1 0
Notes:  Baylor fell to 0-16 this season when scoring three or fewer runs in a game ... The Bears are 12-6 this season following a loss ... Baylor is 29-25 in the all-time series against Missouri, including a 27-25 mark in the Big 12 era and a 13-11 record in games played in Waco ... The Bears hit two home runs to give them 16 in their last 11 games after hitting only seven in their first 28 contests ... Max Muncy extended his hitting streak to six games ... Muncy has reached base safely in 18 straight games overall and 20 straight Big 12 games dating back to the 2010 season ... Landis Ware has hit safely in six straight Big 12 games ... Josh Turley tied a career high with seven strikeouts ... Cal Towey hit his fourth home run of the year on a 1-0 pitch in the fourth; all four of his home runs have come in Big 12 play ... Muncy hit his fifth homer of the season and his third in Big 12 play on a 3-1 pitch in the fifth ... Brooks Pinckard tied Anthony Hensley (1999) for fifth on Baylor's single-season steals list with 29 ... Pinckard also took over sole possession of seventh place on Baylor's Big 12 single-season steals list with nine ... Pinckard has been successful on his last 18 attempted steals; he is 29-for-31 on the season and 58-for-64 in his career stealing bases ... Steve DalPorto is 3-for-4 stealing bases this season ... Logan Vick is 6-for-7 on the season and 17-for-22 in his career stealing bases.
Baylor Athletics Experience
Baseball Media Almanac

WACO, Texas - Baylor's only offensive production came with a pair of solo homers, and Missouri took advantage of the Bears' defensive miscues to take a 4-2 win in the series opener on Thursday night at Baylor Ballpark.

Cal Towey and Max Muncy eat homered for the Baylor (20-19, 6-10 Big 12), which dropped its fourth straight series opener and fell to 4-11 in its last 15 games.

"It is telling that the only runs we scored were on fly balls," head coach Steve Smith said. "We did not do a good job at the plate. Give them credit. I don't want to take anything away from them, particularly their last guy (Phil McCormick)."

Missouri (14-22, 3-9 Big 12) twice overcame one-run deficits against the Bears, and the Tigers took advantage of a defensive miscue to plate the game-winning run after the Bears failed to turn what could have been an inning-ending double play in the seventh.

Josh Turley (2-3) took the loss after allowing four runs - three of which were earned - on seven hits with no walks and a career-high-tying seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings. It was the fourth time in Turley's last five outings that he's worked into the seventh inning.

"I thought Josh did a great job," Smith said. "I thought he hurt himself in his last inning with his fastball, but he was trying to pitch with no offense. He had to almost be letter perfect and he was close to it. You can't find any fault in how he threw. The game was lost on the defensive side and with a lot of poor execution on the offensive side."

Turley retired the first 11 batters of the game before Brandon Brown singled through the right side of the infield with two outs in the fourth. The Bears spotted the sophomore southpaw to a 1-0 lead when Towey led off the bottom half of the inning with his fourth home run of the season - all of which have come in Big 12 play.

Missouri starter Eric Anderson then walked Dan Evatt before turning the ball over to his bullpen. Brad Buehler (2-2) escaped the fourth inning and ended up getting the win after allowing one run in 2.0 innings of relief.

The Tigers evened the score when Brannon Champagne blooped a two-out RBI single into right-center field, but the Bears responded in the bottom half when Muncy hit his fifth home run of the season to put Baylor back in front 2-1 heading to the sixth.

Conner Mach led off with a single, and a well-executed hit-and-run gave the Tigers runners on the corners with no outs in the inning. Turley struck out Brown to get the first out in the inning, and it looked like he might escape unscathed when he fielded a comebacker and fired to Landis Ware at second for a potential double play. Ware couldn't handle the throw and all runners were safe.

With runners again on the corners, the Tigers send Eric Garcia in motion from first base, and though the Bears caught him stealing, the prolonged rundown allowed Jesse Santo to score what would prove to be the winning run, giving Missouri a 3-2 lead.

Mach drove in another run with a groundout in the seventh, and though Max Garner held the Tigers scoreless in 2.2 innings of one-hit relief, the Bears couldn't close the gap.

Baylor had two runners in scoring position with two outs in the seventh, but Phil McCormick got Josh Ludy to ground out to end the threat. McCormick earned his third save of the season with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief.

Baylor's last chance came when Steve DalPorto drew a leadoff walk in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate, but McCormick retired the next three batters to end the game.

The Bears and Tigers resume the series at 3 p.m. Friday. Logan Verrett is expected to take the mound for Baylor against Missouri freshman left-hander Rob Zastryzny. Saturday's series finale is scheduled for noon.



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