Feb. 21, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Mizzou baseball team scored 15 runs as it moved to 3-1 on the season with a 15-3 win over Radford on Friday (Feb. 21) at Wake Forest Ballpark. The Tigers' 15 runs are the most for Mizzou since March 14, 2012, and the Tigers plated 10 runs in the sixth inning, their first 10-run inning since March 24, 2010, to back starter John Miles. The junior righty picked up his first win of the season and first since May 12, 2012, against Memphis. He went 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out two against no walks.
Senior Dillon Everett tallied a career-high four RBI and three other Tigers - Kendall Keeton, Shane Segovia and Zach Lavy - all tallied multi-RBI games in the win. All nine of the Tiger starters tallied hits in the win and seven of the nine tallied RBIs. Josh Lester also tallied his second career four-hit game. The Tigers had 10 two-out hits in the game and went 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
The Tiger bullpen surrendered its first run of the season after a bad-hop in right field snuck past Sean Ullrich to plate Radford's third run of the game, but other than that the relievers were again phenomenal. Four Tiger relievers combined to throw the final 4.0 innings, allowing just four hits, no walks and the one earned run. The Tiger bullpen has thrown 16.2 innings this season, allowing just six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out 17. The Tigers did not walk a batter on Friday and have now struck out 29 batters against just four walks.
Mizzou continued its trend of scoring early on Friday. Everett, hitting leadoff, reached base after being hit by a pitch, his second of the year. After being bunted to second base, Everett was singled in on a great two-out hit by Keeton who laced a 2-2 count into centerfield. The Tigers then added another run in the second inning on a fielder's choice off the bat of Everett and then Lester picked up a big two-out hit to score Everett, giving Mizzou a 3-0 lead.
Miles got into a little bit of trouble in the second inning, but a good play by Jake Ivory in right field and a pair of soft liners to short got the junior righty out of a jam as the Tigers carried a 3-0 lead into the third inning. The offense continued to fire on all cylinders as Sean Ullrich tallied an RBI triple for his first career hit in the top of the third to give Mizzou a 4-0 lead. A fifth run then scored on an error by Radford as Mizzou gained 5-0 lead headed to the fourth inning.
Miles picked up his first strikeout of the game in the bottom of the fourth as we got through four innings on just 48 pitches, allowing just four hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Miles allowed Radford to rally with two outs in the bottom of the fifth as a two-out hit and a hit batter put two men on. Two hits later, Radford cut the lead to 5-2.
But just as quickly as Radford cut into the lead, Mizzou got those runs back in the top of the sixth. Everett tallied an RBI single up the middle for his first RBI of the season and then Keeton tallied a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to extend the lead to 7-2. Keeton hit the ball well but Radford right fielder Shane Johnsonbaugh tracked down a ball in the gap to limit the damage. The Tigers loaded the bases again following Keeton's sacrifice fly and Lavy knocked a single through the right side to plate a pair as Mizzou went on top, 9-2. That was the start to the Tigers' 10-run inning, the team's first since March 24, 2010 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Mizzou took a 15-2 lead into the seventh and closed out the game with more solid relief pitching.
Mizzou will continue play at the Wake Forest Invitational tomorrow, playing the host Demon Deacons at 3 p.m. (CT). For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MUTigerBaseball.
- Redshirt freshman Sean Ullrich tallied his first career hit, an RBI triple in the top of the third inning on a one out, two-strike pitch to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. It was Mizzou's first triple since May 12 at Alabama when Dane Opel tallied a seventh-inning three-bagger.
- Dillon Everett tallied his first RBI of the season on single back up the middle in the top of the sixth inning. He tallied a career-high four RBIs in the game hitting in the leadoff spot.
- Mizzou tallied 16 hits in the game, marking the second time this season that it has pounded out 10+ hits. It took Mizzou 10 games to tally 10+ hits in a pair of games last season.
- Mizzou tallied 10 runs in the sixth inning, marking the first time that the Tigers have tallied a 10-run inning since March 24, 2010, against Arkansas- Pine Bluff.
- Mizzou's 15 runs are the most for a Tiger team since March 14, 2012, when Mizzou plated 21 runs against North Dakota.
- Junior righty John Miles earned his first win of the season and his first win since May 12, 2012, against Memphis. He went 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs with three strikeouts and no walks.
- The Tiger bullpen saw four pitchers combined to throw the final 4.0 innings, allowing just four hits, one earned run with no walks and six strikeouts. The Tiger bullpen has thrown 16.2 innings this season, allowing just six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out 17.
- After not seeing a player post a multi-RBI game last weekend, four Tigers posted multi-RBI games (Everett, Segovia, Keeton, Lavy) on Friday.
- Josh Lester tallied the second four-hit game of his career on Friday.
- Logan Bone earned his first career at-bat in the game.
- Freshman Ryan Howard tallied his first career hit in the top of the ninth inning. It was the Tigers' 16th hit of the day, marking the most by a Tiger team since March 30, 2012, at Texas A&M when they pounded out 17.