Mizzou baseball takes series opener against Hofstra
FORT MYERS, FL - Missouri (4-2) hitters drew nine walks and Reggie McClain went the distance in the Tigers’ 12-2 win over Hofstra (0-4) in Fort Myers, Florida on Friday.
Despite allowing 10 hits, McClain let up only two runs over nine innings, and the Tigers took advantage of Hofstra’s control issues to win their second consecutive game. Ian Nelson and Connor Brumfield combined for six RBIs to lead the charge for Missouri.
The Pride struck first with a two-out RBI single from David Leiderman in the top of the third inning, but a pickoff by McClain at second base got the Tigers out of trouble.
Missouri responded in the bottom of the fifth when Nelson singled to right off Hofstra starter Chris Weiss with runners on the corners. Then, Brumfield doubled to left, scoring Brian Sharp and giving Missouri a 2-1 lead.
After Hofstra tied the game in the top of the sixth, Missouri loaded the bases in the bottom half on a walk, a double and a hit by pitch. From there, the Tigers plated five runs without another hit, as Hofstra pitchers issued four walks with the bases loaded. Brett Bond hit into a fielder’s choice with two outs to strand the bases loaded.
With a five run lead, McClain shut down the Pride the rest of the way. Missouri tacked on five more runs over the final two innings, and the Tigers took the first game of a four game set. McClain earned the complete game victory, improving to 2-0 on the season.
Missouri will continue its series with Hofstra on Saturday with a doubleheader, beginning at 12 p.m. at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida.