Dane Opel drove in a run for the Tigers Wednesday.
April 24, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou's (13-23) three-game winning streak over in-state rival Missouri State came to an end as the Tigers fell by a 4-2 final Wednesday night (April 24) at Taylor Stadium. Dane Opel had the first RBI of the game for Mizzou, a single to center to make the score 2-1 in the third, and Josh Lester sent a RBI-double to left in the ninth. Jace James was tagged for the loss for the Tigers as he went three innings while giving up two runs. Case Munson's on-base streak reached 18 games with a single and a walk in the contest.
After pitching a quick first, James pitched out of a jam in the second, forcing a pop up and getting a strikeout to escape a one-out, runners on the corners situation. The Bears drew first blood in the top of the third as Eric Cheray launched a two-run homer to right on a 0-2 count for a 2-0 lead. It was his first homer of the season. Mizzou put two on base in the bottom of the frame as Kendall Keeton and Munson walked, and Opel laced a single to center with two outs to make the score 2-1.
John Miles took over on the mound in the fourth, and pitched a quick fourth inning, but Mizzou went down scoreless in the bottom of the frame. The Bears put two aboard in the top of the fifth, but Miles held the visitors off the board. Another scoreless inning for Miles came before he was lifted in the seventh after a walk, giving way to Jake Walsh.
Walsh walked a batter and got an out before allowing a fielder's choice that ended up scoring a runner on an errant throw from Keeton as he tried to turn an inning-ending double play, giving Missouri State a 3-1 lead. Dylan Kelly walked to start the seventh inning, but he was doubled off in the scoreless frame after a liner to third by Dillon Everett.
Eric Anderson took the ball in the eighth, surrendering a two-out RBI single to give the Bears a 4-1 lead. Case Munson knocked the Tigers' only hit in the bottom of the frame, a single to left center. Breckin Williams became Mizzou's pitcher in the ninth, and he threw a perfect inning. Kelly reached with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and Dillon Everett shot a single to right to put two on with one out. Lester's double down the left field line made it 4-2, but the Tigers couldn't push any more across.
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