Olivia Gerling, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 27 –

In a superb game by Mizzou Baseball, sophomore right-hander Tanner Houck pitched his second career complete game and first complete game shutout. He allowed just three hits, while striking out a career-high nine for the second consecutive start and walking only one batter.

Houck had a solid first inning, retiring the side on 14 pitches with a strikeout looking and two 6-3 groundouts. However, the Mizzou offense did not come to life until the second inning.

After Houck managed to work around a two-out double in the top of the second, the Tigers offense flared up with three consecutive hits and a two-run double by sophomore Trey Harris. Harris would go on to tally a season-best three RBI game.

Houck would be given a 4-0 lead heading into the third as sophomore Shane Benes and freshman Connor Brumfield each hit RBI singles followed by a sacrifice bunt by freshman Ian Nelson. Houck retired the side in order, using only 35 pitches through three innings.

A sacrifice fly in the third by junior Jake Ring and a bases loaded walk by sophomore Brett Bond added two more runs to the count in what would eventually lead to an 8-0 win over Hofstra. Junior Ryan Howard extended his seven game hitting streak with an RBI single in the fifth.

Houck’s complete game marked Mizzou’s second shutout of the season and its first since opening day. He and redshirt senior Reggie McClain have thrown back-to-back complete games to open the series with Hofstra and are a combined 4-0 this season with just one earned run allowed in 32 innings pitched.

Mizzou Baseball continues their series with game three scheduled for 3:00 p.m. today, the second half of the double-header. The series concludes on Sunday, February 28 with the first pitch thrown at 10 a.m.

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