No. 15 Mizzou Baseball splits opening series with Seton Hall
FORT MEYERS, Florida – After losing the series finale to Seton Hall 9-1 on Sunday afternoon, no. 15 Mizzou Baseball’s record falls to 2-2 on the year. Missouri won games one and three, and lose games two and four to the Pirates.
Redshirt sophomore RHP Ryan Lee got his first start ever for the Tigers after spending all last year in the bullpen. However, the bullpen came into play after Lee came out of the game in the top of the third inning. Lee surrendered three runs on three hits and three walks in two and a third innings pitched.
Seton Hall started by scoring a run consecutively in the first, second, and third innings, then exploded in the seventh inning scoring four runs on three hits.
The Tigers committed two errors in the fifth inning. The first was a throwing error by junior SS Ryan Howard, and the second by senior LHP Austin Tribby which allowed Seton Hall junior 3B Joe Poduslenko to score.
Despite Howard’s poor defensive performance, he has hit in every game this year for the Tigers and his double in the bottom of the sixth gave him his second consecutive game with an extra-base hit after hitting a homerun in Missouri’s game three 4-1 win on Saturday.
Mizzou’s only run was scored in the bottom of the seventh after sophomore C Brett Bond led off with a double, moved to third on a single by freshman LF Connor Brumfield, and then reached home to put the Tigers on the board on a wild pitch by Seton Hall junior RHP Zach Prendergast.
Brumfield’s hit was the first of his collegiate career.
Six pitchers were used by Missouri and Lee was given the loss. Prendergast was awarded the win after throwing seven innings, giving up six hits, a run, a walk, and striking out eight Tigers on 102 pitches.
Mizzou Baseball’s next game is against Florida International in Miami, Fla. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CST.