COLUMBIA, Mo. - All nine players in Missouri's lineup had a hit and eight of the nine drove in at least one run as the Tigers defeated Texas Tech by a score of 18-7 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Taylor Stadium.
The Big 12 Player of the Week from last week, junior Greg Folgia, drove in five runs for the second-straight Friday night, finishing the game with two doubles and a single to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He has had a hit in 13 of the last 14 games and 15 of the last 17.
Junior Aaron Senne was just a single shy of hitting for the cycle on Friday, as he was 3-for-6 with three RBI and hit his first home run of the year.
Senne's home run led off the bottom of the fifth inning with the game tied at five and gave the Tigers the lead after they rallied from a five-run deficit after the top of the first inning.
The Tigers found themselves in an early hole after Texas Tech scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Missouri got one run back in the bottom of the first as senior Austin Holt led off with a double and scored when Senne doubled.
Mizzou (22-21, 9-10 Big 12) tied the game with a four-run third inning. The Tigers strung together three-straight RBI hits from junior Greg Folgia, junior Trevor Coleman and senior Kyle Mach. Folgia and Coleman each doubled, with two runs scoring on Folgia's hit. Folgia would drive in two more runs in the sixth on a two-out single.
Texas Tech (20-25, 9-10) cut the lead to one with two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Missouri followed that with a 10-run bottom of the seventh. Fifteen batters went to the plate in the seventh, getting nine hits, including RBI triples by Senne and senior Steve Gray.
Junior Kyle Gibson picked up the win to improve to 7-3 on the season. After allowing five runs in the first, Gibson settled down and at one point retired 13-straight batters, including striking out the side in the fifth. He struck out nine in 6.2 innings pitched.
The series will continue tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium.