Mizzou baseball wins again on Bond’s Walkoff

By Matt Weller, 23 Sports

Friday, Feb. 20 –

Missouri freshman catcher Brett Bond picked an opportunistic time to hit his first collegiate homerun, specifically the bottom of the ninth against Sam Houston State, Friday.

Bond’s two run shot gave the Tigers a 2-0 win over the Bearkats and improved their record to 5-1 on the season. He also secured the second win of the season for junior pitcher Reggie McClain, who scattered four hits in a complete game shutout.

McClain’s performance also extended his shutout streak to a career high 17.0 innings. The streak is the longest for any Missouri pitcher since Jace James’ mark of 19.1 in 2013. The complete game shutout is the program’s first since former MLB second-round pick Rob Zastryzny in 2003.

McClain was on cruise control through most of the game, stifling the Bearkat’s offense with his low-90’s fastball and ability to effectively change speeds. Missouri looked to break the scoring open in the fourth when sophomore shortstop led off the frame with a walk. The threat was thwarted shortly thereafter, however, when Howard was picked off first base.

Despite the lack of run support, McClain, the reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week, continued dealing, allowing just one hit after the sixth inning. McClain worked a clean ninth inning to set the stage for Bond’s heroics. Up with one out and Howard on first base, Bond launched a mammoth two run shot to left, giving Missouri a 2-0 win.

The win over Sam Houston State is something of a statement victory for Missouri as the Bearkats were among college baseball’s best last season, finishing 43-19 and nearly advancing to the Super Regional.

Next up for the Tigers is a Saturday night rematch against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, who knocked off Mizzou 3-2 on Thursday night. Missouri will send freshman Tanner Houck to the mound for his second career start. The 6’5” right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA so far this season.