Posted: Apr 28, 2013 5:41 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2013 7:47 PM
COLUMBIA — Keaton Steele threw his first complete game of his Missouri baseball (15-24, 7-14) career and launched a home run as the Tigers swept a Sunday, April 28 double-header against Auburn (25-18, 7-14) to take the series. Steele allowed a run in the first inning of game one, which Missouritook 3-1, the only earned run Tiger pitchers allowed on the day.
Dylan Kelly had two RBI in game one, both coming on a two-out single to right in the third inning that proved to be the decisive hit in the contest. Steele finished the day with two RBI, one in each game. Shane Segovia claimed a two-RBI single in game two to give the Tigers a three-run lead, and he scored two runs in Sunday's action.
Brett Graves, Jake Walsh and Eric Anderson combined for a 4-1 win in game two, Graves' first win of the season.
Graves worked quickly at the onset of Game Two, working two scoreless innings before pitching himself into a jam in the third. After allowing the first two runners to reach base, Auburn sacrificed both into scoring position. A passed ball allowed a run to score, giving the visiting Tigers a 1-0 lead before Graves induced a ground out and struck out a batter to end the frame, limiting the damage the one run.
Steele led off the bottom of the 4th with a long homer to left. Kelly and Kendall Keeton both walked, and Segovia's two-RBI single pushed the lead to 4-1. Walsh took over for Graves in the sixth, and he threw a scoreless frame before leaving the bases loaded with two outs before handing the ball to Anderson, who needed one pitch to close it out.
The Tigers takes on Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m.