Henry Politz – 23 Sports

The Tigers traveled just two hours east of Mizzou’s campus to take on the Saint Louis University Billikens on Wednesday. The game started at 3 p.m. and Mizzou jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning when Chad McDaniel drove in Brandt Belk with an RBI single. After Mizzou scored in the top of the first inning, neither team in innings 2-4 was able to score, despite both teams having runners in scoring position in the third inning. 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Billikens tied up the score 1-1 when Matt Turino hit a two-out double to center field that scored Matt Happ. The score remained tied until the top of the seventh inning as Brandt Belk was able to score on a wild pitch, giving Mizzou a 2-1 lead. SLU threatened to tie the game back up by getting a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, but the Billikens were unable to do so and Mizzou held on to their lead to win 2-1.

On the mound for the Tigers, Lukas Veinbergs, a graduate transfer student from San Jacinto Community College, was the starting pitcher and he threw 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts and held the Billikens to only one hit and one run. Freshman Ian Lohse then came in to pitch for Mizzou in the fifth inning and he ended up getting the win on the mound, as he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings with no hits allowed and seven strikeouts.

The starting pitcher for the Billikens was Jake Little, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Tampa, FL. Little pitched three innings for SLU, giving up two hits, one run, and striking out two batters. Sophomore Grant Fremion came in to pitch in the fourth inning, and he tossed three scoreless innings, allowed two hits, and had five strikeouts. Throwing the final three innings for SLU was Charlie Sheehan, who ended up getting the loss for SLU. Sheehan gave up one hit, struck out one batter, and allowed one run (unearned).

This past weekend, SLU won two out of three games at home against Western Illinois, and Mizzou won three out of four games on the road at Illinois State. Mizzou has their SEC opener this upcoming weekend as they will be traveling to Kentucky for a three-game series, and SLU will be playing SEMO at home this Tuesday and they will then host Oral Roberts for a three-game series this upcoming weekend.

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