MU-UT: Texas Trails, Russell Injured

By Glenn Tanner - May 06, 2007

For the second straight day, Texas has lost a starting outfielder. Yesterday, Jordan Danks slammed his shoulder into the wall making a catch and is day-to-day.

Now, CSTV Player of the Year favorite Kyle Russell just fell awkwardly to the warning track trying to make a catch, and after lying on the ground for a minute or so, was walked off the field by a trainer. His gait looked fine, so his injury must be to an arm.

The Longhorns are now playing a pair of corner outfielders who had a combined 19 at-bats entering today.

Missouri has rallied to take the lead and completely take the air out of the crowd. In the middle of the sixth, the Tigers lead 5-2.

Mizzou staged a two-out rally in the fifth to tie it. 9-hitter Gary Arndt worked a walk, went to second on Evan Frey's single, then scored on Brock Bond's single. Frey and Bond each have two hits today.

Tiger starter Ian Berger pitched himself into a jam and out of the game in the bottom of the fifth. After allowing his second single of the inning, Mizzou manager Tim Jamieson brought in relief ace Kyle Gibson. Gibson walked the first batter he faced to load the bases with two outs, but got a fly ball to escape.

Texas went to the bullpen, too, as Joe Krebs came on to start the sixth. That change didn't go so well.

Krebs immediately surrendered a triple to Jacob Priday. Trevor Coleman followed with his second homer of the day to make it 4-2. After a groundout, Krebs allowed singles to Aaron Senne and Kyle Mach, and he was done for the day. Pat McCrory came on in relief, but he threw a pickoff attempt away and Senne scored. Texas got out of the inning without more damage when a close call at first went their way. The Missouri first base coach disagreed vehemently and was immediately ejected for voicing his opinion too colorfully. Wow, Mizzou leadoff hitter Evan Frey was also ejected.

Final line on Berger: 4.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, and three strikeouts.

Wood went five complete and also surrendered 5 hits and 2 earned runs. He walked one and struck out two.

During the fifth, the skies darkened, the winds picked up, and mist started to fall. Nothing is showing up on the radar, however, and the mist was light enough that only those fans who really cared what their hair look like took cover under the grandstand roof. The lights have been turned on, though.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:46 PM on May 06, 2007

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