Missouri Tigers work out of slump, beat New Mexico State 6-2

By The Associated Press and staff reports

TUCSON, Ariz. — Facing elimination today, the Tigers scored five runs in the eighth inning to stay alive in the NCAA tournament, beating New Mexico State 6-2.

New Mexico State led off the game and scored two runs in the first inning. Missouri countered with one run in the second.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Conner Mach hit a one-out double and scored the tying run on Dane Opel’s single down the right-field line. Michael McGraw tripled to drive in the go-ahead run, and after a walk to Andreas Plackis, Scott Sommerfield hit a two-run triple to make it 5-2 for Missouri (35-24).

Eric Garcia capped the scoring one out later with an RBI single.

Rob Zastryzny started for Missouri and went six innings. Jeff Emens pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win.

New Mexico State’s offense came into the postseason ranked in the top 10 in the country, but managed four runs in two games. The Aggies (33-27) scored twice in the first inning, but never touched the plate again.

The win advances the Tigers in the losing bracket, facing Arizona or Louisville at 6 p.m. Sunday. The winner of that game goes on to the regional final scheduled for 9 p.m.

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