Danny Shin, 23 Sports

Friday, February 19–

No. 15 Mizzou baseball scored its most runs in a season opener since 2011 as it defeated Seton Hall, 7-0, at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Redshirt senior starting pitcher Reggie McClain went eight innings and allowed just four hits with zero walks and four strikeouts on 96 pitches. At one point in the seventh inning, McClain had retired 14 consecutive Seton Hall batters.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the second inning on a solo home run to left field by sophomore third baseman Shane Benes in his first at-bat of the season. Meanwhile, McClain dominated the Seton Hall hitters throwing just 52 pitches in five innings and allowing only one hit.

Mizzou finally gave McClain some more run support in the bottom of the fifth, sparked by a one-out hit from freshman Ian Nelson. After two-out hits from juniors Ryan Howard and Jake Ring to load the bases, sophomore catcher Brett Bond laced one up the middle to extend Mizzou’s lead to 3-0.

The game broke open in the bottom of the seventh, as the Tigers tacked on four more runs. The runs cam courtesy of RBI singles from Bond, Benes and Trey Harris and an RBI triple from Ring. Overall, Mizzou had 12 hits on the day and committed zero errors on defense.

Mizzou and Seton Hall will resume their four-game series in a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game scheduled for 12 p.m. and the second scheduled for 3 p.m. Sophomore Tanner Houck and freshman Michael Plassmeyer will take the mound for the Tigers.

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