March 29, 2003
Manhattan, Kan. -
Senior first baseman Tim Doty's team-leading eighth home run of the season was the lone bright spot for Kansas State on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats dropped an 8-3 decision to Missouri in a Big 12 Conference game at Tointon Family Stadium.
Doty, a senior first baseman from Oklahoma City, Okla., blasted his eighth home run - a two-run shot to right field - of the season in the eighth inning. Doty hit a two-run shot, also to right field, in Friday's setback. The round-tripper ties his career best.
Missouri extended its winning streak to eight to improve to 19-8 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State continued its slide with its seventh consecutive loss to fall to 10-15 on the season and 0-5 in league action. By virtue of the win, the Tigers claim the series over the Wildcats for the first time since 2000 and the first time in Manhattan since 1997.
The seven-game losing streak is the longest by a Wildcat team since 1997, while the five-game skid in league games is the longest since starting the 2000 season with six straight defeats.
Missouri broke a scoreless tie with a run on one hit in the top of the second inning, as junior designated hitter Lee Laskowski scored from second base on a RBI single by junior third baseman Jeremy Hernandez. Laskowski led off the inning by being hit by a pitch.
The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning on two hits, a sacrifice fly and a balk. Senior outfielder Jayce Tingler led off the inning with a walk on five pitches then moved to third on back-to-back singles by junior outfielder Ryan Rallo and freshman third baseman Zane Taylor. After a strikeout, junior catcher Brad Flanders scored Tingler on a sacrifice fly to right field before Wildcat starter Sean Clancy was called for a balk to plate Rallo.
Missouri made it 5-0 with two runs in fourth inning on two hits, as Tingler scored freshman outfielder Tyrone Roberson from third baseman on a sacrifice fly and Rallo doubled to left field to plate freshman shortstop Adam Garrett.
Kansas State broke the scoreless drought with a run in the fifth on two hits, as senior shortstop Brett Williams doubled to right-center field to score senior catcher Ryan Baldwin.
However, the Tigers answered with two more in the seventh and one more in the eighth to increase their lead to 8-1. MU took advantage of two Wildcat errors in the seventh, while Tingler scored from third on a RBI single by Taylor.
Kansas State then concluded the scoring with the two-run home run by Doty in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sophomore third baseman Andrew Dunsmore led off the inning with a flare to right-center field followed by a strikeout by senior outfielder Pat Maloney. Doty then drilled a 0-1 pitch over the fence in right field.
Doty made the most of his 1-for-3 afternoon with a team-leading two RBIs and one run scored, while Williams added an RBI on a 1-for-4 performance. The home run extended Doty's hitting streak to a team-leading nine games.
Rallo and Taylor each tallied two hits to pace the Missouri attack, while Laskowski and Tingler each scored two runs. Five different Tigers had one RBI apiece.
Junior left-handed pitcher Sean Clancy (1-2) threw a season-best 6-1/3 innings in making the start for Kansas State. He allowed only six hits and struck out four batters. Unfortunately, Clancy was his own worst enemy at the same time as he committed three walks, two hit batters and a fielding error.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Garrett Broshuis earned his fourth win of the season for Missouri, as he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings pitched with six strikeouts and four walks. Freshman right-handed pitcher Nick Admire collected his second save of the season, as he allowed two runs on two hits in three innings with five strikeouts.
Kansas State concludes its three-game series with Missouri on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.