Travis Breese, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 20—

After opening the season with a 7-0 win over the Pirates on Friday, pitcher Tanner Houck, recipient of pre season all SEC honors, took the hill hoping to get his Tigers a series win to start their 2016 campaign. Seton Hall put Zach Schellenger on the bump in hopes of evening the series at one a piece.

It did not take long for Missouri to get to Schellenger. In the bottom of the first, Howard scored on a sac fly from third baseman Shane Benes, who homered in the series opener as well.

The pitching staff could not figure out Benes as in the third inning. He homered to deep left, scoring two. These were his fourth and fifth RBIs of the young season, and Mizzou will hope for continued production from him out of the five hole in the games to come.

While the bats did their work, Houck did his going six innings while giving up one run and striking out nine, which tied a career high.

The sophomore did allow seven hits, but due to his defense, none were costly besides a double by Seton Hall first baseman Mikael-Ali Mogues which scored their only run of the game.

The Tigers also played very smart in this game, drawing five walks and swiping a total of eight bags. Center fielder Jake Ring did most of the damage by chipping in three of these.

The combination of solid pitching, smart play and timely hitting allowed Mizzou to win this one handily.

At the conclusion of this series, Missouri will have a one game set with Florida International in Miami.