Brad Smith, 23 Sports

Sunday, May 1—

The Tigers came into Sunday’s series finale against the Tennessee Volunteers with a full bed of confidence after taking the first two games of the series. The train kept on moving for Mizzou, as hot hitting propelled the team to an 8-3 victory and series sweep.

On the mound for the Tigers was freshman Michael Plassmeyer, who in 5.1 innings of work allowed just two earned runs. The back end of the bullpen, especially senior Austin Tribby, was very effective in relief. Tribby gave up no runs and struck out four batters in 2.0 innings of work.

While the pitching was very good for Mizzou in this contest, it was the hitting that got the job done for the Black and Gold. After quickly being down 1-0, freshman Ian Nelson would help the Tigers take the lead in the fourth inning with a bases loaded 2-RBI single.

The offense would not stop from there, as Mizzou would score multiple runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Zach Lavy’s home run and Ryan Howard’s 2-run single in the sixth capped off the Tigers’ three-run inning and would put the game away.

Head Coach Tim Jamieson was pleased with his team’s effort over the three game series and touched on the importance of their sweep in his post game remarks.

“It’s big for so many reasons,” he said. “The most apparent one is just the record overall and in addition coming into the week under .500 staring at Missouri State and three games against Tennessee – the season could go either direction.”

The victory on Sunday gave Mizzou its first three-game series sweep since they defeated Georgia March 14, 2015.

Lavy’s fifth inning home run gave him his SEC-leading 30th extra base hit.  He now has 46 RBIs on the season. Howard also extended his hit streak to five games with his single in the fifth.

Mizzou’s next game will be against Illinois on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in Sauget, Illinois., at GCS Ballpark.

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