April 28, 2013
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Columbia, Mo. - Keaton Steele threw his first complete game of his Mizzou (15-24, 7-14) career and launched a home run as the Tigers swept a Sunday (April 28) double-header against Auburn (25-18, 7-14) to take the series. Steele allowed a run in the first inning of game one, which Mizzou took 3-1, the only earned run Mizzou pitchers allowed on the day. Brett Graves, Jake Walsh and Eric Anderson combined for a 4-1 win in game two, Graves' first win of the season.
Dylan Kelly had two RBI in game one, both coming on a two-out single to right in the third inning that proved to be the decisive hit in the contest. Steele finished the day with two RBI, one in each game. Shane Segovia claimed a two-RBI single in game two to give the Tigers a three-run lead, and he scored two runs in Sunday's action.
A leadoff walk came back to hurt Steele in the top of the first, as back-to-back one-out singles from Cullen Wacker and Garrett Cooper scored Ryan Tella for a 1-0 lead. Mizzou put two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the frame, but they were left stranded. Both pitchers threw quick second innings, and Steele worked a 1-2-3 third. Mizzou loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with one out, and Steele's sac fly to left scored Segovia to tie the game at one. Kelly's two-out single to right then scored Logan Pearson and Dane Opel to give Mizzou a 3-1 advantage.
Both sides had a quick fourth inning before Hunter Kelley led off the fifth with a double to the corner in left. Steele responded by inducing two flyouts and a groundout to end the frame scoreless. Auburn threatened again the sixth with runners on the corners and two outs, but Steele forced a flyout to right to end the inning. A 1-2-3 seventh for Steele sealed the complete game and 3-1 victory for the Tigers.
Graves worked quickly at the onset of Game Two, working two scoreless innings before pitching himself into a jam in the third. After allowing the first two runners to reach base, Auburn sacrificed both into scoring position. A passed ball allowed a run to score, giving the visiting Tigers a 1-0 lead before Graves induced a groundout and struck out a batter to end the frame, limiting the damage the one run. Josh Lester, Segovia and Pearson all singled to start off the bottom of the frame, and Dillon Everett grounded into a double play to score Lester and tie the game at one.
Cooper singled in the fourth off Graves, the only hit for Auburn in the scoreless frame. Steele then led off the bottom of the inning with a long homer to left, a no-doubter. Kelly and Kendall Keeton both walked, and Segovia's two-RBI single pushed the lead to 4-1. Walsh took over for Graves in the sixth, and he threw a scoreless frame before leaving the bases loaded with two outs before handing the ball to Anderson, who needed one pitch to close it out.
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