Missouri baseball sweeps doubleheader with Hofstra

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, February 27 2016 Feb 27, 2016 Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:48:00 PM CST February 27, 2016 in Sports
By: Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

FORT MYERS, Florida - The Missouri baseball team thoroughly handled Hofstra in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, winning game one and game two 8-0 and 11-4, respectively.

Game one of the doubleheader featured Tiger pitcher Tanner Houck's second gem in as many starts this season. The sophomore struck out nine and only allowed three hits on his way to his first ever complete game shutout. 

On offense, the Tigers picked up 11 hits, making the game their third in a row with at least 10.

Leading the charge for Missouri was sophomore Trey Harris. The outfielder racked up three RBIs in game one, including a two-RBI double in the second inning.

Shortstop Ryan Howard also continued the strong start to his season, extending his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single in the fifth.

Game two saw another solid start from a Tiger pitcher. This time, it was senior Austin Tribby, who allowed three runs in six innings of work while striking out a career-high eight batters.

Despite Tribby's strong start, the Tigers only held a three-run lead after five. However, a five-run six inning put this one out of reach.

The inning, which saw Missouri bat around the lineup, included a leadoff triple from center fielder Jake Ring, a two-run double from freshman Connor Brumfield, and RBI doubles from Harris and first baseman Zach Lavy.

The Tigers racked up 15 hits in game two, extending their streak of 10 or more hits from three to four games.

After the doubleheader sweep, Missouri improves to 6-2 on the season. The Tigers and the Pride will conclude their weekend series Sunday, Feb. 28 at 10:00 a.m.

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