Missouri weathers the
By Patrick Hyde
COLUMBIA, Mo. – No coach or player likes to lose.
Indiana State head coach Lindsay Meggs is no different. The
frustrated coach had just watched his team get swept for the
second straight weekend by a nationally ranked team.
Last weekend, the Sycamores (1-8) went to Mississippi and lost
all three games in highly competitive series with the Rebels. On
Sunday, they lost both games of a doubleheader as No. 14
Missouri opened its home schedule with a sweep with 9-8 and 6-2
Meggs was obviously frustrated by his team's six straight
losses, but tried to shed a more positive light on the slump.
"We played [Ole Miss] tough and blew a lead in the ninth" Meggs
said. "We blew a lead earlier here today, but we chose to play
the toughest teams we could find so we could get ready for
Missouri Valley play."
In the first game Sunday, the Sycamores struggled to do anything
against Mizzou's starter for the second straight day. Ian Berger
pitched six innings and allowed one unearned run for the Tigers.
His relief wasn't as effective.
The Sycamores sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run seventh
to take a 6-3 lead. That lead, though, didn't see the eighth
Missouri answered with a five-run inning of its own, which was
capped by left fielder Aaron Senne's three-run homer. Senne (3
for 5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) had another big day after his two-RBI effort
"It took their five-run inning to really get us going," Senne
said. "We got it going, got some energy on the bench and put
something together offensively."
Chris Schmidt (2 for 5, 3 RBI) tied the game for the Sycamores
with a two-run triple in the eighth to set up a dramatic finish.
In the ninth, the first two Tigers struck out, and extra innings
seemed inevitable. But catcher Trevor Coleman singled to right,
and designated hitter Greg Folgia crushed a 2-2 pitch off the
right-center field wall for a game-winning double.
In the second game, Folgia again powered the Tigers to a
hard-fought victory with another game-winning hit, but this time
the hit came in the seventh and plated two.
"We're consistent throughout the lineup," Folgia said. "When
somebody has a bad game, somebody's going to pick them up, and
that's something that everybody has been doing this year."
The Tigers were paced through the first seven innings by
sophomore righty Kyle Gibson. Gibson (7.1 innings, two runs and
nine strikeouts) struggled to find his location early, but
settled down and allowed just three base runners between the
third and eighth inning.
"I have some movement on my two-seam [fastball]," Gibson (3-0)
said. "Since my slider kind of goes the other way, I've got to
start throwing stuff at the middle of the plate and that's what
I was really doing today."
Freshman lefthander Kelly Fick pitched 1.2 innings to pick up
his first collegiate save.
"They can really pitch," Meggs said. "Pitching is their
strength. They ride their pitchers. They do a good job, and they
are going to have to be dealt with on the mound."