Eric Anderson tossed his first career complete game and struck out a career-high 12 in the win.
April 6, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fifth-year senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) shined in a 4-2 win for Mizzou (14-16, 4-8) over Georgia (18-13-1, 5-6-1) with a complete game and two runs scored on Sunday (April 6) at Taylor Stadium. It was a historic day for Anderson as he set a career-high in strikeouts with 12, matching the most since Rob Zastryzny (Corpus Christi, Texas) also fanned 12 against Auburn last season. Anderson also threw his first career complete game, scattering six hits in the process.
Four runs in the first two innings got the job done for the Tigers in the series-finale win, again with Anderson leading the way. The senior scored two of the team's four runs, going 1-for-3 at the dish and reaching base to lead off the game offensively for the 13th time in 20 chances. Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.), Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) and Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) all had one RBI in the win for Mizzou.
Mizzou struck in the first as Anderson led off the game with a single, eventually coming around and scoring on a single to left by Kelly to take a quick 1-0 lead. The Tigers then added on in the second inning, taking advantage of two walks, a bunt single by Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) and a throwing error by Georgia for a 3-0 lead. Keeton then scored Anderson on a sac fly, giving Mizzou a 4-0 lead after two.
Georgia trimmed the deficit in the fourth inning with a two-out RBI single by Nelson Ward to put the Bulldogs on the board and make the score 4-1. Mike Bell's solo homer in the top of the fifth off Anderson again took away some cushion from the Tigers, reducing the lead to 4-2. Anderson reached a new career-high in strikeouts in the sixth inning by sitting down back-to-back hitters for his eighth and ninth Ks.
Anderson reached the 10-strikeout mark in the seventh inning, the first Tiger to reach double digits in that category since Zastryzny against Auburn last season. The senior righty reached a new career long outing on a fielder's choice from Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) to Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas), nailing a runner at second for the second out of the inning He had to work through a jam in that inning as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs, but a 6-3 groundout ended the threat. Anderson took the mound to finish the game in the ninth, tossing a scoreless frame.
Mizzou takes on in-state rival Missouri State at Taylor Stadium on Tuesday (April 8) at 6 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouBaseball) or check in to MUTigers.com.
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