Eric Anderson is the first Tiger with three doubles in a game since 2010.
March 28, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Fifth-year senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) became the first Mizzou player with three doubles in a game in nearly four years, including the two-run, go-ahead double in the eighth inning, as the Mizzou baseball team clinched its series over No. 20 Auburn with a 4-2 win on Friday night (March 28) at Plainsman Park. The series win for Mizzou is its first over a ranked opponent since May 7, 2012, against No. 25 Texas. Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) tallied his league-leading seventh save and sophomore Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.) earned his first win of the season.
Anderson was obviously the highlight of the day as he came up with the game-winning hit in the eighth, but a pair of freshman also had big days at the plate as both Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) and Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) tallied two hits in the game and scored a run. The win moves the Tigers back over .500 at 13-12 and brings their conference record to 3-5. It also snaps a streak of five consecutive weekend series won by Auburn. John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) was great in his start, going 5.1 innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Mizzou got on the board in the top of the third inning on an RBI single up the middle by Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.), plating Ring who led off the inning with a single. The Tigers stranded the bases loaded however after putting runners on every base with one out.
Miles got through the third inning on just 35 pitches before laboring a bit in the fourth. He needed 23 pitches to retire the side, working around a pair of walks to send the game to the fifth with Mizzou on top, 1-0. Anderson, who led off the game with a double, did the same thing in the fifth, lacing the first pitch he saw off the wall in left field. He then came around to score on a great heads-up, two-out bunt down the third base line by Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) as he caught Auburn napping with his first hit of the day.
Mizzou threatened to score more in the top of the sixth, but again stranded the bases loaded, the second time it did so in the game. Auburn's Damek Tomscha then led off the home Tigers' part of the sixth with a double into right field and he was singled in one batter later by Blake Austin to put Auburn on the board. That ended Miles day as he left after going 5.1 innings, allowing four hits, three walks while striking out three. Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) retired the next two batters, putting Miles in line for the win.
Tribby then got into a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the seventh, allowing a pair of walks and that gave way to Williams to clean it up. But he allowed a single into center off the bat of Jordan Ebert to plate a run, tying the game at 2-2.
Mizzou then loaded the bases with one out for the third time in the game in the eighth inning, only this time the Tiger hitters didn't strand the runners. Anderson came up and laced a 2-1 pitch into the gap in right center for his third double of the day while driving in a pair of runs, giving Mizzou a 4-2 lead. Steele then came on and shut the door for his league-leading seventh save, and second in as many days.
Mizzou ace Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.) will be on the mound tomorrow as Mizzou will go for the sweep over Auburn tomorrow at noon on FSN. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.
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