Mizzou Baseball Swept by No. 23 Southern Miss

Sunday, Feb. 17-

The Mizzou baseball team came into Sunday’s finale versus No. 23 Southern Miss trying to avoid a sweep after a combined score of 10-5 over the first two games. It was sophomore Jace James’ turn to take the mound and he did not disappoint. In his first career start for the Tigers, James proceeded to throw five shut out innings, giving up only three hits and no walks.

Mizzou led for the majority of the game 1-0 with the help from a Dane Opel sacrifice fly in the fifth and stellar defense from Gavin Stark. James handed the ball off to senior Jake Walsh in the sixth. Walsh had a shaky outing as he handed out a leadoff walk to Dillon Day. Walsh then walked another Golden Eagle in Blake Brown but then retired Connor Barron to leave the inning safely.

After another scoreless top half of the inning, sophomore John Miles took the mound and Southern Miss broke out the sticks. Isaac Rodriguez and Mason Robbins lifted back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning, tying the game at 1-1.

After Robins was sacrificed to third, junior Keaton Steele came on the put out the fire but he did the opposite. Steele walked his first two batters to load the bases for Austin Roussel who proceeded to hit a clutch RBI single up the middle. Then Andrew Furr contributed a single of his own to tack on two more runs. The Tigers were retired in the ninth inning and fell 6-1.

The Tigers are back in action against the Memphis Tigers next weekend on the road. In its series last year, Mizzou was only able to take one game from Memphis in Columbia. Game one of the three game set will be at 4 p.m. Friday.

-Kevin Young
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Staff Writer