Tigers edge Purdue 1-0

By Jared Koller, 23 Sports

Sunday, Feb. 22-

The Missouri Tiger Baseball team improved their record to 7-1 on Sunday, thanks in part to a game saving triple play as they edged out the Purdue Boilermakers by the 1-0 score.

Alec Rash earned his second win and Breckin Williams picked up his SEC-leading fourth save on the mound for the Tigers, and behind the plate they saw Ryan Howard drive in the game winning run.

This is the Tiger’s third one run victory of the year, as they’ve relied on a stellar bullpen and timely hitting to give them their best starting record since 2004.

The starters are making an impact as well, as this is Mizzou’s third shutout of the year. They also have given up an SEC-low of just five extra base hits this season.

Mizzou compiled eight hits in the one run victory, but only one went for an extra base hit. That’s why the third inning proved big, as Jake Ring, Brett Peel, Brett Bond, and Howard combined for three hits and a walk, resulting in what would be the deciding run.

That would prove to be enough for Rash, as he would go on to retire 8 batters in a row and not allow a run through five innings.

It was the sixth inning that proved troublesome for the Tigers, as Rash and Andrew Schwaab hit two batters and gave up a single to load the bases, with nobody out.

A baseball rarity would ensue, as Purdue’s Cather Justin Gubser grounded to third, where Josh Lester threw home for one out, then to first base for the second out, and then caught Zach Layy heading home for the final third out, and the illustrious 5-2-3-2 triple play.

Mizzou will look to get bats going and continue the stellar pitching this Friday, as they host the University of Illinois- Chicago at 6:05 p.m.