Sept. 29, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Tigers baseball team opened its fall slate with a Scout Day game, with Team Gold beating Team Black, 7-4. Last year's Big 12 champions are preparing for life in the SEC, arguably the premier baseball conference in the country, and the starting pitching appears to have taken another step forward. Starters Rob Zastryzny and Keaton Steele combined for four innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits. Mizzou newcomer Shane Segovia also had a solid all-around day with a big double and sound defensive work.
Zastryzny started the game on the mound for the gold team and worked a quick 1-2-3 first inning, but Steele responded by sitting the Gold team down in order as well, assisted by a great play by Nick Moore on a high chopper to third to beat Scott Sommerfeld at first. Team Black got to Zastryzny in the second, notching back-to-back singles with two outs, but a flyout to right ended the threat. Steele continued to breeze through the second, going 1-2-3 again.
Ryan Yuengel entered to pitch for Gold in the third inning, and allowed a run when Case Munson grounded into a fielder's choice. After Munson stole second, Brannon Champagne singled to center, and Sal Belfonte gunned Munson down at the plate before he could score, holding Black to a 1-0 lead. Dylan Kelly led off the bottom of the inning against Jake Walsh, and his single to center was Gold's first hit of the contest. After Dane Opel made a spectacular diving play to rob Logan Pearson of a single, Walsh picked off Kelly at first to end any scoring threat for Gold.
Opel led off the fourth with a single to center and advanced to second as Steele struck out. Michael McGraw walked to put two on with one out, but Yuengel forced a double play from Patrick Quintanilla to end the inning. Belfonte singled with one out in the bottom of the frame and quickly stole second. Dillon Everett's infield single scored Belfonte from second to tie the game 1-1. Sommerfeld grounded into a fielder's choice, then stole second with two outs. A single to right by Shane Segovia then gave Gold a 2-1 lead as the game headed to the fifth inning. Kyle Barbeck entered the game to pitch for Gold, and did not allow a baserunner in his first frame. Jeff Oracion entered to pitch for Black in the inning, and surrendered only a single to Jake Ivory.
John Miles entered to pitch in the sixth for Gold, and Munson's infield single was the only hit allowed by the Columbia, Mo. native. Gavin Stark reached on error to start the bottom of the frame, but was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play. Four straight singles for Gold gave the team a 4-1 lead, with Sean Ullrich and Belfonte crossing the plate. Miles held Black off the bases in the seventh, and Brandon Platts entered to pitch in the bottom of the frame. Segovia led off with a double, and a wild pitch on strike three put runners on the corners with no outs. Ivory's single to left scored Segovia, giving Gold a 5-1 lead. Two Black errors then gave Gold a 6-1 lead with runners on second and third and one out, and a sacrifice fly by Stark added a third run for the inning.
Brett Graves entered to pitch in the eighth for Gold, and gave up a single to McGraw to lead off the inning. A double by Quintanilla to center allowed McGraw to score, cutting Gold's lead to 7-2, but Graves was able to limit the damage to one run. Belfonte reached on error in the bottom of the frame with one out and stole second with one out. Everett then singled to left, and Munson threw out Belfonte who was trying to score on the play. In the final inning, Meyer doubled after a leadoff walk from Graves, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Both runners would come in to score, but the inning ended with Gold taking the game, 7-4.
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