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May 5, 2009

Tiger's win steak snapped

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On Tuesday night, Missouri (28-22) looked to extend their winning streak to eight games against the Missouri State Bears before playing rival Kansas this weekend. The Bears, however, had different plans and lit up Johnny Wholestaff for a 10-5 victory.

The Bears jumped on the Tigers early with back-to-back home runs to start the second inning. Greg Folgia would leadoff the bottom of the inning with his ninth home run of the year. Missouri would continue to play this catch-up game throughout the night, however, and never could take the lead.

"It feels terrible," Folgia said. "I don't know what to say. It was not a good game. Personally, I am disappointed how I helped the team today because I didn't. Nothing seemed to go right today, but hopefully we got it out of our system before KU and the rest of the season."

Missouri State would add another run in the third on yet another solo home run. The Tigers pitching staff would only hold the Bears scoreless for two of the nine innings and struggled the entire night. The Tigers are now 12-4 on the year when using their bullpen-pitching approach.

"Scooter threw OK, and Gargano threw OK, and that's about it," coach Tim Jamieson said. "The rest of them pitched very defensively behind in the count. We tied the game three to three, and then we didn't put up a zero the rest of the game."

Missouri would continue to fight back and eventually tied the game in the sixth on double by Austin Holt. That would be the last runs surrendered by the Bears pitching staff as their hitters went on to score five more in route to the victory.

"They came out ready to play today," Kyle Mach said. "We didn't really make any mistakes. The pitchers a couple of times fell behind. We had chances. We just couldn't get the hits at the right time."

Mach pushed his hitting streak to ten games with a blast over the Tiger's bullpen in left in the third, but Missouri could not get the hits when they really needed them. Missouri would leave the bases loaded in the second, and with two men on in the third, Holt would ground into a double play to end the inning. Steve Gray followed with a double play of his own in the fourth to kill the Tiger's momentum.

Missouri was coming off a season high seven straight victories, which included sweeps of Texas Tech and Nebraska. According to Jamieson, the difference in the game came down to the pitcher's attitudes.

"We have to be better on the mound and have guys that attack the hitters more," he said. "I thought we pitched very defensively tonight."

Currently, the Tigers are in fourth place in the Big 12 heading into their series with the Kansas Jayhawks. Even with the loss, Mach says the team's confidence is at an all-time high.

"We're rolling right now and feeling good," he said. "You can't win them all, but we're on a good streak and hopefully we can keep it going on Friday."

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