Feb. 26, 2014
CARY, N.C. - The Mizzou baseball team fell, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 26) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Josh Lester tallied his second multi-hit game of the year with a pair of knocks and Shane Segovia and Kendall Keeton extended their hitting streaks to six and five games, respectively, with a pair of eighth-inning, two-out hits. But other than that, Mizzou's offense was quiet until a three-run ninth. The Tigers fall to 3-5 while Campbell, the defending Big South Champion, moves to 7-2. The Tigers used 10 pitchers in the game as senior Eric Anderson was charged with the loss.
Anderson pitched around one-out singles in both the first and second innings, throwing just 22 pitches to get to the third inning. Campbell then got to Anderson in the top of the third, getting a leadoff single while ended his day. It was the first of three consecutive hits off of Tiger pitching and it led to a pair of Camel runs as they led, 2-0, headed to the bottom of the third.
Freshman catcher Jack Klages tallied one-out hit in the Tigers' half of third for his first career knock, but he was left stranded on base after a pair of outs. Tiger reliever Peter Fairbanks then gave up a pair of one-out hits in the top of the fourth inning but got the second out before giving way to Austin Tribby. He loaded the bases on a two-out walk but struck out Kyle Pratts to get out of the jam. That sent the game to the bottom of the fourth with Mizzou trailing, 2-0.
Campbell loaded the bases again in the top of the fifth thanks in large part to a pair of hit batters and that gave way to Breckin Williams
who forced a groundout to third to get out of the jam. Zach Lavy
then got a leadoff single, but the next three batters were retired in order to send the game to the sixth inning.
Campbell got another run in the seventh with a leadoff triple and a single before Williams settled in to retire the next three batters as the game moved to the Tigers' half of the seventh with the Camels on top, 3-0. Mizzou threatened in its half of the seventh after Zach Lavy reached on an error before Jake Ivory ripped a single into left. But the next two batters were retired to end the threat. Segovia and Keeton each extended their hitting streaks in the eighth, but were unable to score. In the ninth, Jake Ivory reached on an error and stole second. That sparked a three-run rally, but Keeton struck out with two men on to end the game.
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- Eric Anderson made his first start of the season and first since May 17, 2013, when he helped pitch Mizzou into the SEC Tournament in a 4-3 win over Kentucky.
- Jack Klages tallied his first career hit on Wednesday.
- Tyler House made his collegiate debut in the eighth inning on Wednesday.
- Shane Segovia extended his hitting streak to six games, a team-best, while Kendall Keeton extended his to five games. Both came with two outs in the eighth inning.
- Righty Cole Bartlett made his collegiate debut in the ninth inning