So. Miss wins final game vs. Missouri

COLUMBIA — Playing their first series of the season, the Missouri Tigers were oh-so-close to pulling off the sweep.

But the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles had other ideas.

Southern Mississippi snuck out a 2-1 win Sunday at Taylor Field, salvaging the last game of the three-game weekend set.

The Golden Eagles got both their runs in the fourth inning and made it hold up, as Missouri got outhit 6-4 and managed their lone run in the eighth inning. The Tigers committed six errors in the loss.

Eric Anderson, the first of seven pitchers for the Tigers, dropped to 0-2 on the season by taking the loss. He pitched the first four frames, giving up four hits and both runs were earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Zach Lavy had half of Missouri’s hits, as he went 2-for-3. Singles by Anderson and Kendall Keeton accounted for the rest of the offense.

The series started Friday with Missouri pulling out a 4-1 win as the teams had six hits apiece.

Josh Lester had two hits and one RBI for the Tigers.

Brett Graves worked eight innings to get the win, allowing one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out eight. Keaton Steele pitched the ninth and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three.

The Tigers followed with a 6-4 win Saturday.

Missouri scored three runs in the first and two in the second to get all the tallies it would need.

Ryan Howard, Dylan Kelly, Dillon Everett and Jake Ivory had one hit and one RBI apiece, while Anderson and Keeton added two hits each.

John Miles got the win to move to 2-0. He worked 51/3 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Steele pitched two innings for his fourth save, allowing two hits and striking out two.

Missouri is now 6-7 on the season, while Southern Mississippi is 7-9.

The Tigers return to action Tuesday and Wednesday with games against Alcorn State.

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