Gibson pitches complete game, loses 2-1

The Oklahoma Sooners came into Columbia and took down the Tigers, 2-1, despite Kyle Gibson's best efforts. The game was a thriller, but Mizzou could not complete the comeback. The game started off as a pitchers duel, with both Gibson and Oklahoma's Andrew Doyle taking no-hitters into the 4th inning (Gibson's was a perfect game).

The Oklahoma Sooners came into Columbia and took down the Tigers, 2-1, despite Kyle Gibson's best efforts. The game was a thriller, but Mizzou could not complete the comeback.

The game started off as a pitchers duel, with both Gibson and Oklahoma's Andrew Doyle taking no-hitters into the 4th inning (Gibson's was a perfect game).

Gibson's was broken up by a Bryant Hernandez single with one out in the 4th, but Hernandez was thrown out at second when he tried to stretch the single into a double. Steve Gray led off the bottom of the 5th with a single up the middle to break up Doyle's no-hitter.

The Sooners struck first in the top of the 5th, though, on a strange play. Oklahoma had runners on first and third with one out, and Gibson tried a fake pickoff to third followed by an actual pickoff to first.

The runner on first, Casey Johnson, appeared to be caught in a rundown, but when JT Wise broke for home, things went bad for Mizzou. The Tigers tried to fire the ball home to keep the run from scoring, but the throw was wide, and everybody was safe.

"I want to let the runners know that just because I lift my leg up doesn't mean I'm going home with it," Gibson explained. "We get the runner 9 out of 10 times."

The Sooners tacked on another run in the inning, to make the score 2-0 courtesy of a screamer down the third base line off the bat of Garrett Buechele.

An inning after the Tigers registered their first hit, they got their first (and only) run. Ryan Gebhart reached on a passed ball after a strikeout, and Michael Liberto followed that off with a perfectly excecuted hit-and-run to make it runners on first and third with nobody out.

Ryan Lollis knocked in Gebhart with a single, but Liberto was thrown out by the centerfielder trying to get to third base. This killed the momentum, and the Tigers still trailed, 2-1.

Lollis almost sparked a comeback with his glove with one out in the top of the 9th. With a person on 2nd base, Aaron Baker hit a ball to right center that looked like it had a chance to put the Sooners up by 3.

Lollis sprinted after the ball, though, and timed his jump perfectly to rob Baker of his 8th homerun of the season. Lollis proceeded to double off Hernandez, who failed to tag up at 2nd base.

"When I started running for it, I thought it was just a pop fly. But it kept going, and I just jumped and caught it," Lollis said of the play.

"That was the best play I've ever had made behind me. If someone can get that to SportsCenter, it will be the #1 play," Gibson said.

In regards to stepping to the plate to lead off the next inning, Lollis said, "I've never felt like that in my entire life."

Lollis and the rest of the team could not transfer that energy to the bottom of the inning, though, as Duke sat them down in order to finish the game.

The Tigers continue to struggle on offense. This time, they only managed four hits against the Sooners pitchers, and continue to average around 2.4 runs per game in conference. This ruined Kyle Gibson's outstanding performance, in which he pitched a complete game, only giving up 2 runs and striking out 15, compared to one walk.

When asked about the reason the offense is struggling, coach Tim Jamieson simply said, "confidence."

The Tigers will have to get a lot more confident if they want to stop the season from being a disappointment. The team fell under .500 once again, and they are now 4-6 in Big XII play. The 3-game set with the Oklahoma Sooners continues Saturday at 2 PM.


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