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Continuing in their non-conference play, the 4-3 Mizzou baseball team travelled to Louisiana to face the 5-3 McNeese State Mustangs.

Art Joven made the start for Mizzou and got the Tigers through two scoreless innings. Aggressive baserunning by Mark Vierling put him in scoring position for a single from Brandt Belk to bring Vierling home and put the Tigers on the board in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, the Mustangs quickly got two runners in scoring position on a throwing error to first to be brought in on a single by Jake Dickerson and a double from Nate Fisbeck. McNeese followed up these three runs with a two-run shot from Clayton Rasbeary to clear the bases and put the Mustangs up 5-0. Joven then earned a strikeout but walked Jordan Yeatts who was brought home on another two-run homer for the Mustangs, this time from Julian Gonzalez.

After a seven-run outing against all nine Mustangs, Spencer Juergens came in to relieve Joven with one out and the bases empty. His first two batters earned a single and a walk. Payton Harden and Dickerson hit back to back singles to bring in two more runs. Harden was thrown out at second on Dickerson’s single to close out a mortifying third inning for the Tiger pitching and defense.

McNeese maintained their lead throughout the game, adding to it in the fifth inning on a home plate steal and a groundout to first with one out and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Mizzou earned a run on an RBI single in the fourth, a solo shot from Belk in the fifth, and an RBI double from Vierling in the eighth.

Cameron Meeks closed out the game for the Mustangs giving them a 12-4 win.

Tiger’s offensive leaders were Belk who went three for four with two RBIs and Vierling who went four for five with two RBIs.

The Tigers head to Houston this weekend for the Shriners Hospital for Children Collegiate Classic.