Feb. 25, 2014
CARY, N.C. - The Mizzou baseball team fell to 3-4 on the season as it lost to Liberty, 2-1, in a home game played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Tuesday (Feb. 25). Sophomore starter Griffin Goodrich was very good in his fourth career start, allowing just one run on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts over 5.1 innings pitched. He now owns a 0.99 ERA in four career starts. Kendall Keeton led Mizzou with a pair of hits on Tuesday.
Goodrich was great in the first inning, retiring the Liberty side on just four pitches. He was aided by a great running catch on the track by Sean Ullrich in right field and a diving grab at short to rob a bloop hit by Ryan Howard. Goodrich then continued to deal in the second, retiring the side in order, needing just 16 pitches to get through two innings.
Goodrich then got into a little trouble in the third inning, allowing a pair of hits to the left side of the infield. After a sacrifice bunt, Goodrich retired the next two batters on a 5-3 groundout and a fly out to right field to get out of the jam. He then went on and retired eight consecutive batters before a two-out single in the fifth, which of course he pitched around.
Liberty starter Blake Fulghum was equally as impressive, retiring 10 consecutive Tiger batters after allowing an infield single to Eric Anderson in the second inning. Goodrich then allowed a pair of two-strike hits to open the sixth inning and that put runners on the corners with one out. That ended his day as reliever Austin Tribby came in and got the out, but the runner on third scored to give Liberty a 1-0 lead. Ryan Phillips then got the third out, sending the game to the bottom of the sixth with Mizzou trailing, 1-0.
Shane Segovia singled in the sixth with two outs to break a streak of 12 in a row retired by Fulghum, but he was stranded at first after a fly out by Josh Lester. Mizzou then got to Fulghum in the seventh as Kendall Keeton led off the frame with a single up the middle followed by a Keaton Steele walk. Dylan Kelly then laid down a sacrifice bunt and Keeton scored on a sacrifice fly by Anderson, making it 1-1 heading to the eighth.
Liberty regained the lead in the top of the eighth on back-to-back singles off of reliever Keaton Steele and Mizzou stranded a leadoff single in its half of the eighth. The two teams were then shutout in the ninth as Libery preserved the win.
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- Shane Segovia hit in the leadoff spot for the first time in his collegiate career. Ryan Howard made his first career start at shortstop and Eric Anderson made his first start as an outfielder since high school.
- Griffin Goodrich now has a 0.99 ERA in four career starts.
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