It Was The Blake Show In Mizzou Win

Saturday, March 17 –

No, it wasn’t Blake Griffen, but it was Blake Holovach and Blake Brown.

Holovach pitched a gem for the Tigers, throwing his first career complete game. Meanwhile, Brown was powering the offense in the Tigers’ 4-0 win over High Point after a long rain delay.

The hour and forty-five minute rain delay did not phase Holovach, as he had one of the most impressive pitching performances in recent history for Mizzou. His complete game shut out was the first one by a Missouri pitcher since 2009. Holovach struck out four batters in the game, while allowing only allowing four hits.

High Point threatened in the fourth. After Holovach forced the first two batters in the inning to ground out, a single followed by a double put the Panthers into a scoring opportunity. However, Holovach was able to compose himself, forcing a weak pop out to first to end the inning.

The Missouri offense had little work to do in order to give Holovach the victory. Blake Brown did the heavy lifting for the Tigers. Brown, this time batting second in the ever-changing Missouri lineup, launched a two-run homerun to left field in the fifth inning. Brown’s homerun was the highlight of an otherwise less than impressive day for Missouri offense.

The Mizzou offense was relatively quiet on Saturday outside of Brown. The Tigers mustered up only six hits, but patience at the plate proved to be positive for the Tigers. Missouri coaxed six walks at the plate along with three different batters being hit by pitches.

The hero for Mizzou from Friday, Ben Turner, had another solid day at the plate on Saturday. Turner hit a solo homerun of his own in the fourth. Turner also singled to go along with two walks.

The Tigers proved they could win in a variety of ways. They showed they can win without needing to score double-digit runs.

Missouri will look to complete the sweep against High Point on Sunday, March 18 at Taylor Stadium.

– Tim Leible
Staff Writer