Baseball Drops Two Games, Falls to 3-5

By Mitchel Summers, 23 Sports

Thursday, Feb. 27-

The Missouri baseball team failed to notch a victory as it battled the Liberty Flames and the Campbell Fighting Camels over the last couple days. This disappointing double-header drops Mizzou’s record to 3-5.

The Tigers went toe to toe with Liberty in the first contest. This game was defined by great pitching efforts from both squads. Tigers ace Griffin Goodrich made quick work of the Liberty batters as he took the mound first. Thanks to great fielding, Goodrich only needed to throw 20 pitches to dispose of the Flames hitters in the first two innings.

Goodrich has been a fantastic pitcher for Mizzou in his young career. In his fourth career start, he posts a robust .99 ERA

The Tigers had even more difficulties reaching the bases due to Liberty lefty Blake Fulghum. Fulghum blazed through the Tigers lineup as he retired 12 consecutive batters.

Going into the sixth inning, the Liberty hitters began to break through Goodrich’s dominance. Ashton Perritt stepped up to the plate and rocketed the ball into left field for a single. Goodrich would surrender one more hit before he would be relieved, but the switch didn’t halt the Flames. Perritt soon scored on a groundout from Dalton Britt to take a 1-0 edge.

Mizzou quickly responded with timely batting. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kendall Keeton singled to first and made his way all the way to third before Eric Anderson chipped a fly ball to center field. Keeton sprinted home and evened the score at 1-1.

The Flames torched the Tigers outfield in the next inning. Nick Lacik made his way into scoring position and Britt hit another RBI single that brought Lacik home.

Unfortunately for Mizzou, no batter could get on base for the remainder of the game. This sealed the 2-1 victory for Liberty.

On the next day, Mizzou faced the defending Big South Conference champion in the Campbell Fighting Camels.

The Tigers struggled mightily in this conflict. The Camels hitters had little trouble finding their way to bases and Mizzou went deep into its pitching roster to find an answer. In total, 10 different pitchers were called upon in this bout.

After two strong innings pitched, where no runs were surrendered, starter Eric Anderson was relieved by Andrew Hohn.

Campbell took advantage of the pitching change, loading the bases. Hohn was quickly shuttled off in favor of Andrew Fairbanks. Fairbanks couldn’t lead the Tigers out of the jam as two runs were surrendered, but the disastrous inning was ended after he caught a batter looking for a strike out.

Mizzou’s pitchers held strong for the next few innings, but the Tigers batters struggled mightily. The Tigers remained scoreless for the first eight innings.

As the Mizzou batters quickly were disposed of, Kyle Leady picked the offense back up for the Camels in the seventh inning. Leady stepped up to the plate and hit a bomb into left field. Leady flew around the bases for a triple. With Leady in scoring position, Elijah Trail brought him home after a hit into centerfield.

Three more runs would be scored in the eighth and ninth innings to give Campbell an overwhelming 6-0 lead.

The bottom of the ninth inning came for the Tigers, giving them a chance to do the seemingly impossible. Good fortune was on the Mizzou’s side as Jake Ivory stole to second off an error. After Jack Klages was walked, Jordan Getzelman stepped up as a pinch hitter and found his way to first base.

The bases were loaded for Dillon Everett. Everett stepped to the plate and hit a single with runners in scoring position. Ivory was able to slide on home for the first score. A sacrifice fly from Josh Lester and a single from Shane Segovia captured two more runs for the Tigers.

There was a glimmer of hope for the Tigers with two runners on base and Keeton stepping up to the plate. Unfortunately, the score proved to be insurmountable as Keeton would strike out to end the game. Campbell extinguished the late rally for a 6-3 victory.

Mizzou will move on to a three-game stretch in Little Rock, Ark., at the UALR Invite. The Tigers will play the IPFW Mastodons and the UIC Flames on March 1. On the following day, they will face the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.