Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

The Mizzou baseball team, originally set to match up against Illinois State at home, travelled to Normal, Illinois due to weather concerns. The Tigers came away with a shutout win on Friday, a win on Sunday, and a split the doubleheader on Saturday with one win apiece.

Friday’s opening game against the Redbirds was highlighted with a dominant pitching performance by Mizzou sophomore Spencer Miles. Miles pitched seven shutout innings, holding Illinois State to two hits while earning six strikeouts. The action started for Mizzou in the top of the ninth inning when a sacrifice bunt by Joshua Day led to an error that scored Mark Vierling from third, giving Mizzou a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers continued their hitting streak with an RBI double from Jackson Lancaster, followed by a two-run single from Torin Montgomery. Mike Coletta cracked a base-clearing three run double into the centerfield gap to bring Mizzou’s run tally up to seven. The Tigers continued throwing heat in the bottom of the ninth and the Redbirds couldn’t score, giving Mizzou a 7-0 shutout win to start the weekend series. The win marked the first shutout Mizzou saw since 2019. 

Saturday’s doubleheader started with a tough 10-1 loss for Mizzou. The Tigers earned just four hits in the first game, as the Illinois starter pitched a seven inning complete game. Montgomery earned the team’s only run in the top of the seventh with a two-out solo shot.

After the first game, the Tigers found some momentum and posted four runs in the top of the first inning. An sac fly brought in another run in the second inning for Mizzou, and they posted four more runs in the third. The Tigers added three more runs in the fourth and fifth, bringing their total to 12. In the fifth inning, Illinois earned an unearned run, which they matched with a second unearned run in the sixth. Mizzou redshirt sophomore Seth Halvorson marked a great performance through his five innings pitched, only giving up two hits and tallying seven strikeouts on the outing. The final score of the second game of the day was 12-2. 

On Sunday, Mizzou posted another 12 run performance to cap the series with a 12-7 win. The Tigers came out of the gates swinging to earn two runs in the first, four in the second, marked by a scoreboard-clearing solo shot by Luke Mann, and one in the third as they kept Illinois scoreless through three. 

The Redbirds fought back and shrunk the gap to three runs, making the score 7-4. Torin Montgomery gave the Tigers a lead cushion after a two-RBI single. Illinois continued to fight for runs, shrinking Mizzou’s lead again to only two runs. The Tigers added three more in the ninth, cementing a 12-7 victory. 

The Tigers improved their record to 7-10 after the weekend and is set to travel to Lexington, Kentucky for a three game SEC matchup against the Wildcats over the weekend. Mizzou will then be back in Columbia for a three game series against Vanderbilt at home.

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