Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Friday, February 26—

Missouri drew nine walks and redshirt senior Reggie McClain pitched a complete game on the way to a 12-2 victory over Hofstra Friday. The game was the first in a series of four being played in Fort Myers, Florida.

McClain gave up two runs, zero earned, while scattering nine hits and earned the complete game win. He also pitched six strikeouts to zero walks.

Offensively, freshmen Ian Nelson and Connor Brumfield each drove in three runs to lead the way for the Tigers. Nelson went 3-for-4 while Brumfield went 2-for-3, including an RBI double.

Freshman Brian Sharp scored four runs while going 3-for-4 and recording two RBIs. Senior Zach Lavy and sophomore Trey Harris each scored three runs. Lavy also hit a double, while junior Ryan Howard drove in two runs of his own.

Sophomore Adam Heidenfelder was saddled with the loss. In just 1/3 innings, Heidenfelder gave up five runs on four walks and a hit. He also hit a batter.

Sophomore Chris Weiss started the game and lasted five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. Redshirt sophomore Matt Weisshier and freshman Jake Bufo pitched the final eight outs while allowing five runs on seven hits and five walks.

Redshirt junior David Leiderman went 2-for-4 and drove in both runs for the Pride. Junior Brad Witkowski, who went 2-for-3, was the only other Hofstra player with multiple hits.

Hofstra opened the scoring in the third inning when Leiderman hit the first of his two RBI singles. But both pitchers continued to silence the bats until the fifth, when Nelson hit an RBI single of his own. Brumfield followed with an RBI double to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Leiderman responded in the next half-inning, hitting another RBI single to tie the game at 2-2, but that would be all for the Pride. Starting in the bottom of the sixth, it was all Mizzou. The Tigers drew four bases loaded walks in the inning and with the help of an RBI groundout, stretched their lead to five.

Brumfield added another two runs in the seventh with a bases loaded single, giving Mizzou a commanding 9-2 lead. Sharp, Nelson and Howard closed the scoring in the eighth, each recording RBI singles.

Mizzou will play a doubleheader against Hofstra Saturday before finishing the four-game series Sunday. After that, the Tigers will return to Columbia to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff in their home opener Wednesday.

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