Series Slips Away in 6-4 Defeat at Missouri

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 24, 2005

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Oklahoma held a 3-2 advantage after five and a half innings of action, but let Sunday’s game slip away as No. 17 Missouri posted two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to win the contest, 6-4 and take the conference series, 2-1.

Missouri scored the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run homer by Jacob Priday, which gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead. 

With OU down 6-3 in the ninth, the Sooners rallied with a two-out RBI single by Kevin Smith and loaded the bases before the opportunity was squandered when Taylor Parker nailed down the save (4) by striking out Aaron Ivey.

Box Score: Missouri 6, Oklahoma 4

OU starter Brad Burns got off to a stellar start, tying a season high with five strikeouts in three innings tossed.  But the Tigers chased Burns out of the game after tagging him for two earned runs off four hits.  John Brownell fell to 2-4 after allowing four runs on one hit and three walks. 

Missouri starter, Doug Mathis, pitched six innings of six-hit ball and allowed three runs, one earned, while striking out five and walking two.

Russell Raley, who gave OU a 4-3 lead in the sixth by scoring Ivey and Smith with a clutch two-out single to center, drove in three of the Sooners’ four runs in the game.  Raley, Smith and Freddy Rodriguez collected two hits apiece to help the Sooners post 10 hits to the Tigers’ six.  It marked the first time in the series that OU was able to out hit Missouri.

After taking the first game of the set against Missouri, the Sooners dropped back-to-back games and now stand at 22-17 overall and 6-9 in Big 12 action while Missouri improves to 30-10 and 10-5.

OU will return to action on Tuesday at Wichita State at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN2, Oklahoma City Cox Channel 28.



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