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Olivia Gerling, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 20 –

After a thrilling 4-1 win against Seton Hall led by sophomore starting pitcher Tanner Houck, the Missouri Tigers dropped game two of the double header 8-4. Freshman Michael Plassmeyer was charged with the loss, the young southpaw losing his first collegiate start after throwing just four innings.

Plassmeyer allowed nine hits and five runs during his outing, starting the first inning off with a baulk and a two-out solo shot to Mike Caputo on a 1-2 pitch.

However, a big two-run homerun in the bottom of the third by junior shortstop Ryan Howard allowed the Tigers to pull within three runs before moving to the bullpen. This was Howard’s first homerun of the season. He led the team with a .308 batting average last season.

The Tigers put up an excellent showing in relief. The bullpen allowed just four hits over five innings. This would allow for Mizzou to make a big comeback in the eighth cutting the Pirates’ lead to 5-4.

The inning started with a single up the middle by junior outfielder Jake Ring, followed by sophomore Brett Bond who was hit by a pitch. After another wild pitch and an RBI groundout by senior Zack Levy, sophomore Trey Harris reached on an error to allow Bond to score.

Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to keep the momentum going into the ninth. Redshirt junior Griffin Goodrich entered the inning and ran into trouble with two runners on base and only one out after a walk and a bunt single. An error by the defense aided Seton Hall in scoring three runs and taking the lead 8-4.

The Tigers will end their series against the Pirates tomorrow at noon and have yet to announce a starter. Mizzou is 2-1 on the season.

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