Griffin Goodrich will get the start for Mizzou on Tuesday vs. Liberty
Feb. 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Mizzou baseball team is in North Carolina this week as it will host a pair of midweek games against Liberty and Campbell at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Mizzou will host Liberty on Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday before playing Campbell at 11 a.m. (CT) on Wednesday. Of course, Mizzou was able to secure a spot to play at the USA Baseball Complex through connections through the coaching staff as Mizzou skipper Tim Jamieson was the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2011.
Liberty, at 3-5 overall this season, will throw lefty Blake Fulghum, who owns a 2.35 ERA in two appearances, including one start. He is 0-1 on the year and has thrown 10.2 innings, allowing 11 hits, four runs (three earned) with two walks and nine strikeouts. Of course, Mizzou was scheduled to play Liberty earlier this season at the UNF Best Bet Classic before weather cancelled the participation in that tournament. Liberty comes into the week dropping two consecutive games, to Ohio and UNC Wilmington.
Campbell comes into Wednesday's game at 6-2 overall and has won three of its last four before falling to Delaware on Sunday. The Camels went 49-10 last season and return three regular position starters and two starting pitchers. They have not announced a starter.
- Mizzou went 1-2 at the Wake Forest Invitational last weekend, defeating Radford, 15-2, before falling in walk-off fashion to Wake Forest, 1-0, and in the tournament finale to Cincinnati, 11-5
- The Tigers are now 3-3 on the season but have lost two consecutive games heading into a pair of midweek games against Liberty and Campbell
- Although the games are being played at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C., they are Mizzou home games
- Mizzou will then return to the friendly confines of Taylor Stadium to host Illinois-Chicago for its home-opening series on Friday
- It will be fans' first chance to see a revamped Taylor Stadium after a $4 million renovation over the last 10 months
- Looking back at the weekend, Mizzou's pitching staff had a streak of 32 consecutive innings without a walk snapped in the 11-5 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday when Jace James allowed a pair of first-inning walks
- Prior to that game, Mizzou's pitching staff had a 36-4 strikeout-walk ratio and finished the weekend at 44-11, still a very respectable number
- The Tigers entered the game with Cincinnati with a staff ERA of 2.06, but six ninth-inning earned runs inflated that number to 3.59
- Aside from the pitching staff, Mizzou's offense opened the weekend in impressive fashion, defeating Radford, 15-3
- Mizzou tallied 16 hits in the game, marking the second time this season that it has pounded out 10+ hits. It took Mizzou 10 games to tally 10+ hits in a pair of games last season
- Mizzou tallied 10 runs in the sixth inning, marking the first time that the Tigers have tallied a 10-run inning since March 24, 2010, against Arkansas- Pine Bluff
- Mizzou's 15 runs are the most for a Tiger team since March 14, 2012, when Mizzou plated 21 runs against North Dakota ... Junior righty John Miles earned his first win of the season and his first win since May 12, 2012, against Memphis. He went 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs with three strikeouts and no walks
- Josh Lester tallied the second four-hit game of his career on Friday as well
- On Saturday, junior righty Brett Graves dazzled in his second start of the season despite his Tigers suffering a walk-off defeat at the hands of Wake Forest
- Graves went 7.0 innings, his longest outing since March 16, 2013, when he tossed a complete game against South Carolina, while striking out six (his second-best total of his career), while walking none and allowing just three hits
- Wake Forest did not have a runner reach second base against Graves
- He threw just 77 pitches in the outing, facing one batter in the eighth, as he was strikingly efficient.
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