Brett Peel had a single and a walk in his first start since Feb. 15 after missing time with a broken hand.
April 15, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Mizzou baseball split its season series with in-state rival Missouri State as it fell to the Bears, 9-0, on Tuesday night (April 15) at Hammons Field. The Tigers allowed 15 hits as Missouri State tagged Mizzou starter Peter Fairbanks (Webster Groves, Mo.) for eight hits and five earned runs over 2.1 innings as he took the loss, dropping him to 2-3 on the year. Mizzou falls to 17-18 on the year while Missouri State goes to 16-17. Andy Cheray earned his first win of the season.
At the plate, Mizzou managed just five hits and stranded five base runners over the first three innings - a bases-loaded, one out situation in the second and a second-and-third, no out spot in the third. Junior Brett Peel (St. Charles, Mo.), in his first start since breaking his hand in the second game of the season, managed a hit and a walk.
Fairbanks worked out of trouble in the first inning thanks to a great play by Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) as he started a 3-6-1 double play in his first start of the season at first base. Mizzou then threatened in the top of the second, putting runners on second and third with one out following a one-out double to right by Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.). Peel then tallied an infield single with two outs to load the bases, but the bases were left loaded after Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) bounced into a fielder's choice.
Missouri State used the momentum of getting out of that jam to plate a run in its half of the inning on an RBI triple by Spencer Johnson. Fairbanks was able to get the next two batters to strand Johnson at third base.
In a wild top of the third that saw two calls go the way of the Tigers, Missouri State head coach Keith Guttin was ejected from the game as the Tigers put men on second and third with no outs. But after a strikeout by Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas) and a pair of groundouts, Missouri State escaped unscathed as the Tigers stranded five runners through three.
Once again, Missouri State used the momentum of getting out of a jam to score four runs on five hits, chasing Fairbanks in favor of lefty and Springfield native Austin Tribby. He got the next two outs to get the game to the fourth inning. After a 1-2-3 top of the fourth for Mizzou, Missouri State then jumped all over Tribby in the bottom of the frame, scoring three more runs off the Tiger lefty before he was lifted for Ryan Phillips (Columbia, Mo.). Phillips settled in and stopped the barrage of hits, working a season-high 3.2 innings and allowing just two hits and a run while striking out two. But the Tiger bats stayed quiet as MSU pulled away.
The Tigers will return home, ending a four-game road trip, this weekend as it hosts Mississippi State for a three-game series at Taylor Stadium. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.
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