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Travis Breese, 23 Sports

Wednesday, February 24—

Despite a seventh inning push by the Panthers, the Tigers were able to end their two game losing skid with a 7-6 win in Miami. It took seven pitchers to get it done, but in the end each one was necessary for the first road win of the season.

Sophomore Cole Bartlett started the game and despite only giving up one run, he was pulled after tossing just 29 pitches. Senior Austin Tribby came in in relief and steadied the ship allowing no runs over two innings and striking out three.

The Tiger offense got to work early. A homerun by catcher Brett Bond in the top of the second set the pace. A barrage of RBI singles later, the visitors were up 5-1. After some help by the Panthers’ pitching staff, a wild pitch and a bases loaded walk, Mizzou was sitting pretty with a 7-1 lead leaving the fifth inning.

Then the wheels started coming off. An RBI single by left fielder Kolby Follis started the hit parade for FIU and they cut the deficit to 5. Two more RBI singles and the Panthers were really in business trailing just 4-7.

Tiger right hander Liam Carter then served up a two-run dinger to Kenny Meimerstorf, and the lead was just one as the seventh inning closed. FIU got a runner to third in the eighth but the tying run was stranded and the game ended 7-6 in favor of Missouri.

Next on the schedule for Missouri will be a four-game set against Hofstra. This is the last series before coming home to Taylor Stadium on March 2 for the first home contest of the season.

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