Feb. 15, 2014
LAKE CHARLES, La. - After a thrilling come-from-behind win in its season opener, Mizzou baseball dropped the second game of a split doubleheader to McNeese State, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15) at Cowboy Diamond. Junior righty Brett Graves was dealt the loss after an unearned run scored in the bottom of the fifth. Graves went 4.2 innings, allowing four hits and two walks while being charged with three runs, only two of which were earned. Kendall Keeton and Jake Ivory each picked up RBIs in the game, but Mizzou failed to plate the tying run despite having a runner on third with only one out in both the seventh and eighth innings. The Tigers fall to 1-1 on the season and will play their final game of the weekend against Chicago State tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
McNeese State got to Graves in the first after an RBI double by Chayse Marion. But Mizzou answered in the top of the second inning as Jake Ivory ripped an RBI double to the warning track in left to score Kendall Keeton. After McNeese regained a 2-1 lead on a double-steal in the third, Keeton came up with a big RBI double down the left field line to score Josh Lester, evening the game at 2-2.
McNeese State then regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth as an Andrew Guillotte single and steal put a runner in scoring position for Jackson Gooch. He hit a roller to third that snuck under the glove of freshman Ryan Howard, plating the go-ahead run. It was an unearned run but put Graves on the hook for the loss.
Mizzou threatened in the seventh and eighth innings, each time putting runners on third with one out. But Dylan Kelly
grounded into a pinch-hit double play, 4-6-3. Sean Ullrich
, who made his collegiate debut on Saturday, drew his second walk of the day to lead off the eighth and wound up on third with one out after a bunt and Dillon Everett's
first hit of the season. With runners on the corners and one out, Lester lined a rope to short and Everett was doubled off at first, giving the Tigers just three more outs to try and tie the game. The Tigers again got the tying run to third base in the ninth and again failed to get it across the plate as a pop-up by Ivory ended the game.
Mizzou will close out the 14thLake Area Classic tomorrow against Chicago State at 12:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. Tex Little and Hunter Mense will have the call from Cowboy Diamond. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MUTigerBaseball.
-Saturday's game with McNeese State was the first ever meeting between the two programs as McNeese State now leads the series, 1-0.
- Freshmen Ryan Howard and Jack Klages earned their first career starts in Mizzou's second game of the Lake Area Classic.
- Three of the Tigers' starters in the game started for the 2011 Francis Howell Vikings team that won MSHSAA State Championship - Jake Ivory, Brett Peel and starting pitcher Brett Graves.
- Sean Ullrich made his collegiate debut in the bottom of the fourth inning after coming into the game on a double-switch. His first career at-bat came the next half inning and drew a walk.
- Andrew Hohn made his Tiger debut in the bottom of the seventh inning and junior college transfer Andrew Schwaab made his debut in the bottom of the eighth inning.