Missouri drops two of three
Sunday, February 23, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Missouri baseball team fell to 3-3 on the year after losing two of its first three games as part of a five-day road trip to North Carolina.
Missouri plated 10 runs in the sixth inning and went on to claim a 15-3 victory against Radford on Friday, but Tigers were unable to keep up their winnings ways Saturday and Sunday.
Missouri starting pitcher John Miles picked up his first win since May of 2012 after allowing two earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work. The junior right-hander struck out two and issued no walks.
Senior Dillion Everett tallied a career-high four RBI and three other Tigers — Kendall Keeton, Shane Segovia and Zach Lavy — all drove in multiple runs in the win.
Missouri’s bats went cold Saturday as the Tigers dropped a 1-0 decision to Wake Forest.
Brett Graves allowed three hits, struck out six and didn’t issue a walk in seven innings, but the junior right-hander received a no-decision after Wake Forest scored an unearned run off Tiger reliever Keaton Steele on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
Missouri tallied five hits, two by starting catcher Dylan Kelly, but failed to come up with a clutch hit.
The Tigers couldn’t avoid the losing streak, falling to Cincinnati 11-15 on Sunday.
After trailing 5-0, Missouri was able tally five runs after receiving three consecutive RBI doubles from the heart of the order to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.
That’s all the offense the Tigers would get, while Cincinnati went on to plate six runs in the ninth to put the game away.
Segovia drove in a pair of runs, while Josh Lester, Keeton, and Kelly each added an RBI to help lead Missouri on the offensive end.
The Tigers used eight pitchers, who combined to allow 18 hits and seven walks.
Missouri starter Jace James walked a pair of batters in the first inning, halting a streak of 32 consecutive innings without a walk by the Tigers’ pitching staff, which has compiled a 3.59 earned run average to go along with 11 walks and 44 strikeouts.
The Tigers are hitting .252 as a team and have only hit one home run in six games this season.
Missouri continues its road trip this week as the Tigers will play a pair of games at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C. Missouri will play Liberty on Tuesday before taking on Campbell on Wednesday. The Tigers will then host the University of Illinois-Chicago in a three-game series starting at 6 p.m. Friday.
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