Baseball loses to Texas A&M Corpus Christi

By Jacob Seus, 23 sports

Thursday, Feb. 19-

The Missouri Tiger baseball team got their season started off with a huge confidence boost when they swept the Iona Gaels in four straight games, including a walk off win on opening day.

The 4-0 start is their best in more than the decade. The last time they accomplished the feat all the way back in 2004. The Tigers took their newly found confidence to Texas to take on Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders but it would be the Isles taking this one by a score of 3-2.

The 2,099 fans on attendance saw a great game on Thursday night. The two teams played scoreless ball up until the bottom of the second when Tigers starting pitcher Peter Fairbanks surrendered the first run of the day, but Mizzou got right back plus more, in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Jake Ring RBI double.

In the bottom of the third, Fairbanks would put himself into trouble as the Islanders put runners on the corners with only one out. Corpus Christi tied the game on an RBI single from Kyle Danford, but Mizzou would be able to limit the damage from there keeping the score knotted up at two.

Mizzou threatened in the top of the fourth, but failed to drive home Zach Lavy who was in scoring position. That would come back to haunt Missouri in the bottom of the fourth when the Islanders led the inning off with a double and capitalized on an RBI to regain the lead. Andrew Schwaab would come in to replace Fairbanks who didn’t have his ideal outing. Schwaab would do a fantastic job stranding the Corpus Christi runner on third with less than two outs earning a pair of 1-3 groundouts.

The game would remain scoreless until the 8th when Schwabb would exit the game after pitching three innings and change, keeping the Tigers in the game. Missouri would get little offensive help. After two scoreless innings by Austin Tribby, the two team went to the bottom of the ninth with the Islanders up by one.

Corpus Christi brought on Jacob Dorris to try and shut the door. Peel would get the Tigers in business by beating the throw on a roller up the first base side for an infield single. John Lester would strike out but Peel would steal second in the process. Mizzou had a runner on second with only one man out. Mizzou would get that runner to third with two outs and Lavy coming to the plate but he would fail to get the tying run home as he flew out to center field to end the game. The Tigers fall to 4-1 on the season but will be right back at it when they take on Sam Houston State on Friday.