March 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior pitcher Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) had a career day on the mound with eight strikeouts, but the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers (17-2, 2-1) swept Saturday's (March 15) double header at Taylor Stadium to take the series over Mizzou (9-9, 1-2). Anderson also went a season-best six innings in game two of the doubleheader, a 4-1 loss, and he extended his on-base streak to 11 games by reached in both games Saturday.
Game one starter John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) was tagged with his first loss of the year in a 5-1 defeat in the opening game. The junior righty went 6.1 innings, a season best, allowing three earned runs and striking out four batters. Jake Ivory (St. Joseph, Mo.) drove in the only run of the first game for the Tigers, and Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) tallied the team's only RBI in game two. The loss in game two was the first for Mizzou this season when scoring a run in the first inning, and it was the second tagged to Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.), who has five saves on the season.
Tennessee claimed an early lead, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and a balk from Miles to take a 1-0 lead. Anderson singled to start the game for Mizzou, and the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to push a run across for a tie. Both pitchers settled in through the next two innings, with Miles holding runners off the bases in each.
The Vols added on to their lead in the fourth inning, scoring two runs on three consecutive hits to score Christin Stewart and Nick Senzel for a 3-0 edge. Mizzou answered right back, as a two-out RBI single by Ivory scored Kelly to reduce the deficit to 3-1. Mizzou loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but they were held off the board thanks to a double play to end the frame, keeping the Tigers down by two.
Tennessee got back-to-back singles off Miles in the seventh, chasing him after 6.1 innings, and Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) entered and diffused the threat, inducing a groundout and a flyout to end the inning. The Vols struck again in the eighth, scoring twice for a 5-1 lead. The Tigers put their first two batters aboard with walks, but Trevor Bettencourt held Mizzou at bay. Both teams went scoreless in the ninth.
Mizzou scored first in the second game, with Kelly battling a 10-pitch at bat and roping a ball to right to score Anderson for a 1-0 lead. Tennessee battled back quickly, though, tying the game in the second inning after a stellar defensive play by Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) to rob a hit. Anderson then cruised through the sixth inning, Tribby relieved Anderson in the seventh, striking out the first hitter he faced and forcing a flyout before giving way to Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.), who induced a flyout to left to end the inning.
Steele surrendered back-to-back extra base hits start off the eighth inning, giving Tennessee a 2-1 lead. A passed ball then allowed another run to Tennessee as the Vols took a two-run edge late in the game. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the inning with their first two batters reaching base, but they were unable to score. Mizzou threatened in the ninth with two runners reaching with one out, but it was unable to score.
Mizzou takes on Milwaukee Tuesday (March 18) night at 6 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouBaseball) or check in to MUTigers.com.
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