Baseball finishes four-game sweep of Iona

By David Rothchild, 23 Sports

Saturday, Feb. 14 –

The Missouri baseball team closed out its four-game series sweep of the Iona Gaels, winning 6-3 and 14-2 on Saturday. The Tigers are 4-0 for the first time since 2004.

The doubleheader began with Mizzou’s Tanner Houck on the mound as the freshman proceeded to pitch six innings, recording five strikeouts, en route to his first career win.

The black and gold jumped to an early 3-0 lead after a Josh Lester triple drove home Brett Peel, followed by Lester scoring on a sacrifice fly. Senior Logan Pearson then drove in Zach Lavy to extend the lead.

The Gaels fought back in the second with a pair of runs, the first coming on a passed ball, followed by a two-out RBI single.

Then despite a Jake Ring RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning to give Missouri a 4-2 advantage, Iona answered in the third with a run on a sacrifice fly.

That would be all the Gaels would muster in the contest, however, as the bullpen would finish the job for the Tigers.

After a two-run seventh inning from Mizzou, Andrew Schwaab shut out Iona in the eighth, and then junior reliever Breckin Williams picked up the save with a shutout in the ninth.

Williams’ save was his second on the season, tying his total save count from last year.

Missouri would then dominate the evening cap, as the Tigers recorded 15 hits along with 14 runs, both season highs.

As he did in the first game of the day, Lester drove home the opening run, this time with an RBI single to score Ring. Brett Bond then ripped off an RBI single of his own to put Mizzou up 2-0 after the first inning.

In the top of the second junior Alec Rash preserved the lead with a full-count strikeout with the bases loaded. Rash would pick up the win after 4.1 innings pitched, allowing only one earned run in that span.

Soon after four Missouri runs and one from the Gaels, the Tigers busted open the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Highlighted by a two-run shot to left from Ryan Howard, Mizzou tallied five runs in the inning, giving them an 11-1 lead.

On top of Howard’s homer, which was his first of the season, he added a double and three RBIs.

Missouri notched three more runs in the sixth, and in the top of the seventh entered senior Jace James to pitch what would be the final inning.

Though James would allow a run, Mizzou closed out the inning and the game was called due to the “run rule.”

Lavy led the offense with a total of seven hits between the two games, registering four in the second contest, which was a career-high.

The Tigers will travel to Texas next weekend for a four-game tournament, starting Thursday, where Missouri will play Corpus Christi twice, Sam Houston, and Purdue.