Bowling’s Complete Game Lifts Ball St. Over Mizzou

Rob O’Neill has the coverage from the baseball diamond as the Missouri Tigers take on the Ball State Cardinals.

Friday, March 2 –

Ball State sent its ace to the mound with the hopes of upsetting the Missouri Tigers baseball team in their home opener in Columbia on Friday night.

Cardinal senior Cal Bowling embraced the challenge and tossed a complete-game gem that dealt Mizzou its fourth straight loss. Ball St. pushed two runs across in the seventh inning and gave Bowling enough breathing room to shut the door on the Tigers for a 5-2 victory.

With two outs in the top of the second inning, the Cardinals pieced together some hits and got on the board first on back-to-back RBI singles. The Tigers answered swiftly in the bottom half when Landon Lucansky tripled down the right field line with runners on the corners. After a frenzied second frame, the score was knotted 2-2.

Ball State left fielder Kirby Campbell cracked a homerun over the center field wall to break the tie in the top of the fourth. The long ball was the Cardinals’ first as a team this season.

Campbell’s efforts were all Bowling needed to settle down and find his rhythm. He threw seven near-perfect innings to close the game, halting every Mizzou rally.

Tiger starter Eric Anderson left in the middle of the seventh after succumbing the two insurance runs. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits.

Mizzou has a chance to bounce back in game two of the three-game series on Saturday. Rob Zastryzny will be on the mound to try and earn his first win of the season. The Tigers will look to solve their offensive woes and get back on the right track early in this 19-game home stand.

– RJ Layton
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Staff Writer