Keaton Steele struck out a career-high seven batters, but took a tough-luck loss on Sunday.
March 31, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou (9-15, 2-7) took an early 5-1 lead in the series finale against No. 2 LSU (26-2, 8-1), but the visiting Tigers responded with five unanswered runs to complete the series sweep by a 6-5 final Sunday (March 31) afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Dylan Kelly and Jake Ivory each drove in runs for the Tigers with RBI singles to left field. Case Munson went 2-for-4 in leadoff duty for Mizzou, scoring twice in the losing effort.
Keaton Steele (2-1) took the loss for Mizzou, but he was great on the mound in the loss, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs and tying a career-best seven strikeouts. Starter Alec Rash was tagged for four runs in two innings of work, with LSU's Mason Katz driving in all four runs against Mizzou's freshman pitcher, including a three-run homer in the third. Dane Opel's on-base streak reached 17 consecutive games in the Sunday contest.
LSU jumped on top early, getting a first inning run one a RBI single from Katz, scoring Alex Bregman from second with two outs. Mizzou tied it in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of a leadoff single by Munson as Kelly drove him in on a single to left.
Rash held LSU scoreless in the top of the second, and Mizzou struck again in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of three hit batsmen, a walk, and a single to take a 3-1 lead and force a LSU pitching change. Ivory then singled to left, tacking on two more runs to give Mizzou a 5-1 edge.
LSU roared back in the third with five runs, a three-run home run from Katz and two unearned runs later in the inning. Both teams went scoreless through the fourth, and LSU threatened in the fifth with bases loaded and one out, but Keaton Steele pitched his way out of the jam with a pop up and a groundout to close the frame.
The offenses for both teams cooled the rest of the way, with LSU getting its first hit since the fifth in the eighth inning. Jake Walsh finished off LSU on the mound with two scoreless innings, and Munson came through in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single, the first Mizzou hit since Josh Lester opened the third inning with a leadoff double. Chris Cotton retired the final three Mizzou batters he faced, completing the weekend sweep.
Mizzou takes on Illinois in the Braggin' Rights Game Tuesday (Apr. 2) night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@MUTigerBaseball) or check in to MUTigers.com.
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