Walk-Off Triple Pushes Mizzou Baseball Past SEMO

By Megan Barnes, 23 Sports

Tuesday, April 29 –

After getting swept on the road by Florida, the Missouri baseball team returned home for its last non-conference game of the season against Southeast Missouri. The game remained close for its entirety, but in the end it was Missouri star Eric Anderson who led the Tigers to a 6-5 victory in the bottom of the eleventh with a walk-off triple.

Alec Rash was on the mound for the Tigers, striking out two hitters over his three innings but giving up two runs as well. Rash struggled during the first, hitting a batter and walking another to put SEMO on the scoreboard.

The Redhawks added another run off a single and maintained their lead into the fourth inning. Missouri gained some life when Dylan Everett ripped the ball over the left field fence for his second home run of the season to cut the lead in half. However, that momentum was lost when SEMO scored again in the sixth off another Tiger error, this one being a wild pitch by reliever Austin Tribby.

The game remained back and forth with each team adding runs until the bottom of the ninth when the Redhawks held a 5-3 lead over Mizzou. The Tigers needed someone to step up and that person was Anderson, who drove in two runs on a double to left center field to tie the game and send it to extras.

Mizzou has struggled in extra innings, losing all four of its additional inning contests prior to this game. The teams played hard for two innings but in the end, Anderson tripled to right-center field and eventually scored off of a throwing error by SEMO’s Andy Lack. This was Anderson’s first ever career walk-off hit.

The Tigers will carry their momentum from this win into their conference series at home against Vanderbilt, which kicks off on May 2.

The first pitch will be thrown at 6 p.m.