Mizzou Finds Third Starter, Claims Series

Sunday, March 4 –

As the spring baseball season heats up, two definite starting pitchers have emerged for Mizzou in the form of Eric Anderson and Rob Zastryzny. In a three-game weekend set, the Tigers were forced to search for a solid third starter to take the hill and give the aces a rest.

Missouri may have found its solution Sunday when junior Blake Holovach braved the mound for his first career start. Holovach threw five strong shutout innings and helped his squad take the rubber match against Ball State in convincing fashion, 9-2.

Holovach set the tone early, striking out the side in the first inning. He tallied eight strikeouts on the afternoon.

The offense finally came alive in the fourth inning to aid Holovach’s efforts. With the bases loaded, utility man Dillon Everett delivered, sending a double through the gap in left center that scored two runs. Blake Brown followed with a long, two-RBI single to give Mizzou a 5-0 lead.

Ball State could not manage to get on the board until the seventh inning when a rocky Jeff Emens surrendered a walk and two hits that resulted in two Cardinal runs.

Mizzou’s junior hurler Jake Walsh was asked to come in and stop the bleeding. He induced two consecutive outs and the Tigers escaped the Ball St. rally. Missouri shut the door in the eighth with a clutch four-run inning led by another Everett double and back-to-back to RBI singles by Connor Mach and Dane Opel.

With 16 games in 20 days starting Tuesday, Mizzou will need pitchers to step up and aid the front end of the rotation. Holovach’s outing on Sunday proved he can be a valuable asset and an efficient option moving forward for the Tigers.

Missouri’s home stand continues at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 when Nebraska-Omaha visits Taylor Stadium.

– RJ Layton
23 Sports
Staff Writer