Jeff Emens threw 3.0 innings of hitless baseball.
Feb. 26, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Mizzou baseball team dropped the final game of a three-game series, 6-0, at the University of San Francisco on Sunday (Feb. 26). The Tigers were held to just four hits and 14 in the series and USF jumped all over the Tiger pitchers, scoring five runs in the first three innings on Sunday.
Mizzou starter Jeff Cline took the loss after giving up four earned runs in just 1.1 innings of work while USF starter Christian Cecilio earned the win after going 6.1 innings with just three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. A bright spot for the Tigers was senior Jeff Emens who allowed no hits in 3.0 innings of work while striking out one.
Mizzou threatened in the first as three batter reached base after a leadoff single from Sal Belfonte, but the Tigers could not score a run as Ben Turner struck out swinging with runners on first and second to send the game to the bottom of the first. After getting out of the jam, the Dons came out swinging in the first as the first two batters reached base on singles to center field.
From there, the Dons sacrificed the runners to second and third and Cline looked like he could get out of the jam as USF catcher Mason Morioka popped up for the second out, but a two-out double by Matt Chavez plated a pair of Don runs as they took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning.
The Tigers went in order in the second and the Dons jumped all over Cline again in the second inning as an RBI double by Aritz Garcia and then a four-pitch walk by Justin Maffei ended Cline's day, giving way to Dusty Ross, who took over with two men on base with one out in the bottom of the second. He immediately caught Chavez attempting to steal third but allowed a two-out, RBI single to Jason Mahood as the Dons took a 4-0 lead after two innings.
After a 1-2-3 inning for the Tigers in the top of the third, USF added another run in the third, this time off of a single by Bob Mott off of Tiger reliever Blake Holovach. Things stayed at 5-0 in favor of the Dons until USF added a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.
That's how the game ended as Mizzou was swept in the three-game series. Mizzou will open a 19-game homestand on Friday against Ball State at 6 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.
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