Tigers Fall Again in Extras to No. 22 MSU, 9-7

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Logan Pearson tallied a career-high four hits with two doubles on Sunday.</i>
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Logan Pearson tallied a career-high four hits with two doubles on Sunday.
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April 20, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fifth-year senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) continued his strong 2014 campaign with another impressive showing, throwing six innings, striking out seven and holding No. 22 Mississippi State (26-15, 10-8) to three runs in Mizzou's (17-21, 6-12) 9-7, 11-inning loss to the Bulldogs Sunday (April 20) afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Anderson also scored a run to help the Tigers build a 7-3 lead into the seventh inning. Anderson's outing was his latest in a string of strong starts, as the senior has now thrown at least six innings with three or less runs allowed in his last five starts, boasting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 41-to-6 in those contests. As the leadoff hitter, Anderson has now reached in the first inning in 18 of 27 attempts.

The Tigers were boosted offensively by the 4-5-6 hitters in the lineup, as Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.), Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) combined for six RBI and two runs on the day. Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) shined in the contest, matching his career best of four hits in a game as he went 4-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored. Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) also scored twice in the series finale against the Bulldogs.

Anderson retired the first two batters he faced in the first, but a solo homer for Brett Pirtle gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 edge. The Tigers answered back after Anderson and Lester reached to start the first, both coming around to score with Kelly and Everett claiming the RBI as Mizzou took a 2-1 lead after one. Anderson settled in after the first frame, holding MSU hitless the rest of the way through the first rotation through the order.

Mississippi State tied the game in the fourth, a two-out single to center by C.T. Bradford bringing in Pirtle to bring the Bulldogs even. Another run in the fifth, this time a sacrifice fly from Alex Detz gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. Everett again came through for the Tigers in the bottom of the frame, lifting a sacrifice fly to right field with one out to tie the game at three, scoring Lester. Howard's double with two outs then brought in Pearson and Kelly, giving Mizzou a two-run lead, and a single by Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) made it 6-3 after five.

The Bulldogs threatened in the top of the sixth by getting two runners in scoring position with one out, but Anderson induced a 1-2-3 double play to end the frame scoreless, holding the Bulldogs at arm's length. The Tigers then added on to their lead, taking advantage of a two-out double from Kelly to score Pearson for a 7-3 lead after six.

Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) took over for Anderson in the seventh, giving way to Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.) with runners on the corners and two down, giving up a RBI single to Heck to reduce the Mizzou lead to 7-4. A RBI double for Demarcus Henderson in the eighth again cut into the Tiger cushion, making the score 7-5 into the game's final frame. The Bulldogs struck for two runs in the ninth, the clutch knock by Bradford to bring in two to tie the game before two key outs induced by Peter Fairbanks (St. Louis, Mo.). Mizzou was unable to score in the bottom of the ninth, pushing the game to extras.

After a scoreless 10th, Heck walked with one out in the 11th, moving to second base on a wild pitch from Fairbanks. He came around to score on a two-out single to left by Reid Humphreys, giving the Bulldogs a 9-7 edge as Bradford also scored on the play. The Tigers were unable to score in the bottom of the inning, falling 9-7 as Mississippi State completed the series sweep.

Mizzou heads to Kauffmann Stadium on Tuesday (April 22) for a game against Wichita State at 7 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouBaseball) or check in to MUTigers.com.

NOTES

- Eric Anderson has now reached base to lead off a game 18 times in 27 games this season.

- Eric Anderson tossed 19 of 26 first pitch strikes.

- Logan Pearson went 3-3 on two strikes hitting, with a double and two singles. Pearson's first game batting third in the lineup.

- Over his last three starts, Anderson has a strikeout-walk ratio of 29-3.

- In five consecutive starts, Anderson has gone six innings and has not allowed more than three runs. Anderson also has a 41-6 walk ratio in that span.

- With a double in the bottom of the 11th, Logan Pearson set a career high of four hits in a game. His previous record was three hits against Georgia (4/04/14), Florida (4/21/13) and Tennessee (3/23/13).

 

 

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