Monday, May 11, 2009

MU takes 2 of 3 from KU

What a weekend !!!!

Ryan Ampleman's walk-off home run on Sunday: VIDEO LINK

Greg Folgia's weekend: 6-for-11 (.545), 4 R, 9 RBI, 3 HR (including an inside-the-park stunner), 1 BB, 2 SacFlies, 1 HBP

■ Freshman Garrison McLagan torched his redshirt in good fashion this weekend, getting the start at DH for all 3 games against the Jayhawks. G-Money got a hit in each of the 3 games, going 3-for-12 for a .250 average and contributing a pair of RBI and a run scored.

■ And the Academy Award for acting goes to Ryan Lollis, who hammed it up after getting hit in the knee by a pitch, only to pull off a double steal with Greg Folgia that resulted in fan-favorite Buck Affenir (Lawrence city jail ID # 49858736) throwing the ball into the outfield.

■ Reactions on Tigerboard:

bolivartigers: The one thing that was pretty cool was the Mizzou fans sticking up for Superfan and chanting "Clap, clap, clap" at the Jayhawk fans.

Dixie: Ugly win > pretty loss

TpTiger: I think Tex just soiled himself Tony Thompson Grand Slam ties the game at 12 in the top of the 9th. Wow. Ryan Ampleman hits a walk off home run with one out in the bottom of the 9th off Colton Murray. Hell of a game. MU takes series 2-1

Missouri builds momentum with walk-off win over Kansas (Kansas City Star):

On Sunday afternoon, the Missouri baseball team wrote the perfect ending to its
regular-season conference schedule.

Before the Kansas Jayhawks came to town for a weekend series, these Tigers — kicked out early from their perch in the preseason top 10 national rankings — had spent a season forgetting about what was supposed to happen and trying to restore their confidence. Then, with some pick-me-up wins in Big 12 conference play, Missouri had come closer to re-establishing itself as a team that has made six straight postseason appearances.
Tigers beat KU on Ampleman home run (Columbia Missourian):

Sophomore catcher Ryan Ampleman didn’t mind the shaving cream burning his nose, eyes and ears.

He hit a game-winning home run off Kansas reliever Colton Murray with one out in the ninth inning to give the Tigers a 13-12 win over rival Kansas. Ampleman was then hit with a plate full of blue shaving cream entering the Tigers locker room after the game.

“They were suffocating me, I couldn’t catch my breath for five minutes,” Ampleman said of his teammates mobbing him at the plate. “It was 2-0, and they threw two curveballs to me, which they had been throwing all day, and I was sitting on a fastball and put a good swing on it.”
Tigers win with walk-off homer (

Who would've thunk it? That's what Missouri fans at Taylor Stadium had on their minds Sunday. Who would've pictured the smallest guy on the team, little 5-foot-8 Ryan Ampleman, sending a fastball over the fence to give the Tigers a walk-off victory over bitter rival Kansas (35-18, 13-11).

"Yeah (I thought he could do it)," Ryan Lollis said. "He is an amazing little ball of iron. He is strong. He has come up for Trevor (Coleman), and it's like he never left. It's the best feeling you could ever imagine. Awesome."
Missouri can't pull out a victory (Columbia Tribune)

“A bunch of zeros out there after the fifth inning,” said senior third baseman Kyle Mach, who singled twice to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. “We had our chances, just couldn’t get the hits.”
Home runs bury Tigers (

Missouri, who currently sits in fourth in the Big 12, will look to win the series on Sunday against the Jayhawks when they send Nick Tepesch to the mound

"It's the biggest game of the year for a lot of reasons," Jamieson said. "It's easy to say that because it's our last conference game, but if we win tomorrow they can't catch us. If we win tomorrow, it just about locks down a NCAA Tournament bid if we haven't gotten it already. We win tomorrow and we probably are going to finish in the top three (in the Big 12.)"

■ In MU Baseball's sister sport, The Tiger Softball team won the Big 12 Tournament championship this weekend in Oklahoma City, and was chosen to host an NCAA Regional at University Field in Columbia. Details at

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