Mizzou walked off for its first ever win at Kauffman.
April 22, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) lined a single down the right field line on the first pitch he saw of his fifth at-bat, helping Mizzou (18-21) walk off with an extra-inning win over Wichita State (21-19) at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night (April 22) in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic. The senior finished the day with two RBI, the first coming on a double in the second inning. The victory was the first for the Tigers in Kauffman Stadium, and Everett's single ended a five-game extra-innings losing streak. Everett's knock was the first walk-off hit for Mizzou since Ben Turner's (St. Charles, Mo.) walk-off single against High Point on March 16, 2012.
Alec Rash (Adel, Iowa) took the ball for Mizzou on the mound, his first start since April 30, 2013 against SEMO. The sophomore went four innings, surrendering three earned runs and striking out four. Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) scored the winning run, finishing the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks and two runs scored. Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) was also strong offensively, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and a run scored. Columbia native Ryan Phillips quietly put together a solid appearance on the mound as well, throwing three innings of shutout baseball and throwing 21 strikes on 29 pitches. The sophomore threw first-pitch strikes to all 11 batters he faced.
A leadoff single cost Rash in the top of the first, as Daniel Kihle came around to score on a single by Garrett Bayliff, who also scored later on a sacrifice fly as the Shockers claimed a 2-0 lead through one inning. Everett laced a two-out RBI double in the second inning to score Lester cutting the deficit to 2-1 as he was thrown out trying to get to third on the play. Bayliff struck again in the third, again notching a RBI single to right for the Shockers to take a 3-1 edge.
Rash bounced back nicely in the fourth with a 1-2-3 frame, though the Tigers were held scoreless. Phillips entered to pitch in the fifth, throwing back-to-back scoreless innings. Mizzou came through in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs as Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.), Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Pearson all reached to start off the inning. Kelly roped a single to left to score Anderson after Ring scored on a wild pitch, tying the game at three. Lester's sacrifice fly then put Mizzou on top 4-3 after six.
Phillips continued chugging through the WSU order, throwing a four-pitch seventh inning to bring Mizzou back to the dish. Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) took over for Phillips in the eighth inning, surrendering a run on a sacrifice fly to Tyler Baker to bring the Shockers even with four runs. Mizzou threatened with Pearson and Kelly both reaching to start off the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but a double play diffused the threat and left the game tied.
Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) replaced Steele in the 10th, combining with Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.) for a scoreless frame. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the frame after a leadoff single from Pearson and a walk for Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.), and Pearson scored on Everett's walk-off single for the Tigers to win 5-4.
The Tigers head to St. Louis on Wednesday (April 23) to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini in Busch Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Stay up to date with Mizzou baseball by following the team on Twitter (@MizzouBaseball) or checking in to MUTigers.com.
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