Sophomore Nick Wilfong
February 13, 1999
The Tiger's first game of the 1999 season had a rocky start, but in the end MU recorded its first win against the Blue Tigers of Lincoln University 14-7. The game was the first of a four-game home stand for Missouri.
Senior south-paw, Justin Stine, came out with a vengeance, striking out six. But after 3 innings, he hit a slump that he couldn't get out of. After facing 22 batters and allowing seven runs, he was relieved by Logan Dale. Dale faced 13 batters, striking out five and allowing only two hits.
Offensively, Missouri opened up scoring in the second inning. Jon Williams sent a ball over the center field fence, driving Jake Epstein in to put Missouri up 2-0. But the Blue Tigers came out strong in the third. Jason Ollison singled to right field, driving in Nathan Witt, to tie the game at 2-2. The next two batters would prove deadly for Missouri's Stein. Noland Stueken singled and Monte Rowden followed with a double to center field. Combined, the two tallied three RBI's, and pushed Lincoln's lead up 4-2. The Blue Tigers finished out the inning on a single by Justin Wekenborg, who also had an RBI.
Missouri answered Lincoln's five third-inning runs with two of their own in the third, putting a tie within reach. Lincoln pitcher, Chris Goodman faced the Tigers entire line-up in that inning and walked four MU batters. The walks, which led to RBI's for Epstein and Williams, put Missouri within one.
Lincoln would grab the lead once more in the fourth, but would not score again. Missouri went on to score in innings four, six and seven, and put the game out of reach. The Tigers found the outfield fence several times in those innings, connecting on four more homeruns. In Missouri's final two scoring innings, five Tigers crossed home plate. Nick Wilfong, Dustin Barnes and Wilson scored two runs each to help give Missouri the win.
The Tigers hit the field again on Monday, February 15, to take on Truman State.
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