Keaton Steele earned his second save to back another impressive bullpen outing.
Feb. 16, 2014
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Senior catcher Dylan Kelly tallied a two-out, two-run double to spark a three-run first inning and the Mizzou baseball team held on to defeat Chicago State, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) at Cowboy Diamond. Shane Segovia tallied three hits in the win, giving him five on the weekend despite only starting a pair of games. Keaton Steele picked up his second save of the weekend as he anchored a Tiger bullpen that was sensational on the weekend. In fact, the Tiger relievers combined to throw 12.2 innings, allowing no runs, just two hits and one walk while striking out 11. The Tigers are now 2-1 after the following weekend for the second time in three years. Reliever Ryan Phillips earned his second win of the season, going 1.2 innings, striking out to while not allowing a baserunner.
Kelly went 3-for-4 on the day with a pair of doubles, two runs and drove in two more. Segovia was 3-for-4 as well, scoring a pair of runs with a double. The Tigers tallied three two-out hits in the first to score all three of their runs and their two runs in the eighth also came with two outs. Mizzou had 12 hits in the game, its most since tallying 12 on May 12 at Alabama last season.
Jake Ivory went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jake Ring went 2-for-4 with his first career run, first career hit and first career double in the win. Steele was sensational as the Tiger closer, throwing the final two innings, not allowing a baserunner while striking out three.
After Tiger starter Jace James retired the Chicago State side on just five pitches in the top of the first, Mizzou jumped on CSU starter Andrew Wellwerts in its half of the first. Logan Pearson tallied a leadoff single and then with two outs, Segovia tallied his third hit of the weekend to put two men on and Kelly laced his double into right center, his first hit of the season, to plate a pair of runs. After a Kendall Keeton walk, Zach Lavy tallied a single to plate Kelly as Mizzou took a 3-0 lead. It was Lavy's first career RBI in Division I baseball.
Chicago State got to James in the top of the second inning as cleanup hitter Jordan Stroschein launched a solo homer off the scoreboard in left field on a 1-2 pitch to lead off the inning. He then allowed a no-out single, but a fielder's choice sandwiched between a pair of flyouts got James through the inning. Mizzou added another run in the bottom of the third as Keeton grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to plate another run as Segovia and Kelly tallied back-to-back hits to open the inning, taking a 4-1 lead.
The Cougars then cut into the Tiger lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth on a single by Julian Russell, but Mizzou tallied a pair of two-out insurance runs to give Mizzou a 6-3 lead headed to the ninth and Steele shut the door on the Cougars in the top of the ninth.
Mizzou will head to Winston Salem, N.C., for another tournament next weekend, featuring Radford, Wake Forest and Cincinnati. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MUTigerBaseball.
- Mizzou now leads the all-time series with Chicago State, 4-0, after Sunday's win.
- Freshman infielder Zach Lavy tallied his first career RBI in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out single into right field.
- Mizzou tallied three two-out hits in the first inning to score all three of their runs in the opening frame.
- Junior Jace James made his first start since April 24 of last season when he earned a loss against Missouri State, giving up two runs in three innings. He went 4.0 innings, allowing three runs.
- Shane Segovia had three hits in the game, moving his season total to five. It took Segovia until March 22 and 34 at-bats to get five hits last season.
- The Mizzou bullpen was phenomenal again on Sunday, working 5.0 innings, allowing just one hit, no walks and no runs while striking out six. For the weekend the bullpen went 12.2 innings, allowing no ERs, two hits and just one walk while striking out 11.
- Mizzou had 12 hits in the game, its most in a nine-inning game since tallying 12 against Alabama on May 12 of last season.
- Jake Ring went 2-for-4 with his first career run, first career hit and first
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