Opel Explodes at the Plate in Split Doubleheader

4 years 11 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 19 2013 Mar 19, 2013 Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:39:51 PM CDT March 19, 2013 in Tiger Talk

COLUMBIA -- Dane Opel went off at the plate in Mizzou's (7-10, 1-2) split doubleheader against Arkansas State, taking the first game 5-1 and dropping game two by a 10-3 final on Tuesday (March 19) at Taylor Stadium. Opel accounted for five RBI, four hits and three runs in the two-game set, sending two homers over the right field wall. Opel's two bombs were the first homers of the season for the Tigers.

Game one starter Jace James set a career-high eight strikeouts, while game two starter Griffin Goodrich tied his career high with five. James saw his 19.1 consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end in game one on a home run he allowed in the seventh inning of the first game, and Dylan Kelly's consecutive games on-base streak reached 13 before he was held off the bags in the second game.

James worked a quick first, allowing one hit and striking out two before Kendall Keeton and Dillon Everett reached base to start off the bottom of the frame. Logan Pearson's sac bunt advanced the runners, and Opel's sacrifice fly brought in Keeton for a 1-0 lead after one. Both teams went down in order in the second, and James fanned two more batters in the third to put his game total at five. Mizzou went down scoreless again in the third.

Another 1-2-3 inning for Arkansas State came before Opel and Kelly set the table with no outs, and Jake Ivory's sacrifice bunt moved up both runners. Josh Lester tallied a RBI on a dropped fly ball by Austin Baker, giving Mizzou a two-run lead after four. James sat the Red Wolves down in order again in the fifth, and Keeton laced a double to left to lead off the bottom of the inning. Everett walked, Pearson dropped another sacrifice bunt, and Opel singled in both baserunners for a 4-0 lead. A scoreless top of the sixth by James featured two more strikeouts before Mizzou went down scoreless in the bottom of the frame.

James gave up a home run to Ryan Roberters, with one out in the seventh, ending a streak of 19.1 scoreless innings on the mound. After a hit and a walk, Mizzou went to Jake Walsh on the rubber, who fanned the only batter he faced in the inning. Opel launched a home run in the bottom of the inning, the first of the season for a Mizzou batter, giving the Tigers a 5-1 lead after seven. Walsh pitched himself into trouble with back-to-back hits with one out, but Breckin Williams threw two strikeouts to get out of the jam. Williams again held Arkansas state off the board in the ninth to finish off the 5-1 win.

Goodrich racked up three strikeouts in the first three frames as both teams failed to score in the opening three innings of game two. Arkansas State jumped on top in the fourth inning as Claude Johnson singled in Logan Uxa for a 1-0 lead. The advantage didn't last long as Opel launched another bomb to right, tying the game at one to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

Arkansas State got two runs in the sixth off Peter Fairbanks, who allowed three hits in his frame to give the Red Wolves a 3-1 lead before he was replaced in the seventh by John Miles, who pitched a scoreless seventh. Keaton Steele reached second with one out in the bottom of the frame, and Segovia tied the game on a triple with a throwing error that allowed him to score.

The Red Wolves threatened in the eighth by putting two on with two outs against Miles, who was replaced by Walsh. After a strikeout that got away from Ivory, Kevin Fitzpatrick shot a liner through the left side, scoring two runs for a 5-3 lead, the first RBI hit of a seven-run inning. All seven runs in the eighth were unearned after Ivory's passed ball on a strikeout, which would have been the third of the inning. Both teams went scoreless the rest of the way.

Mizzou heads to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers over the weekend, the second series for Mizzou in SEC play.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia’s largest indoor garage sale brought people from far and wide with over 60 vendors in the Columbia... More >>
42 minutes ago Sunday, February 25 2018 Feb 25, 2018 Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:06:00 PM CST February 25, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Renovation work on the State Capitol building in Jefferson City begins next week. The... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, February 25 2018 Feb 25, 2018 Sunday, February 25, 2018 1:02:27 PM CST February 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Dogs are putting their hunting skills to the test at a nationwide event in Columbia this weekend. ... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, February 25 2018 Feb 25, 2018 Sunday, February 25, 2018 12:32:00 AM CST February 25, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People from the community put on their bowling shoes to help raise money for a local high school.... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:24:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A popular Asian elephant at the Saint Louis Zoo has died. The zoo... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:23:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
FAYETTE - Black History Month is coming to an end, but there's still a lot to celebrate. Members of the... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 5:58:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Having a healthy heart was a lesson for people of all ages on Saturday. People attending “Be... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:05:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police have taken a 13-year-old male into custody Saturday in connection with a social media post community... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:38:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a pedestrian has been hit and killed in a southeastern section of St. Louis.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:39:04 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Cradle to Career Alliance hosted a symposium Saturday on what strategies they recommend to help increase your... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:24:00 PM CST February 24, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS — Two men convicted in a 2015 drive-by shooting of a St. Louis police sergeant have been sentenced... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:44:00 AM CST February 24, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD — A 75-year-old man has been found guilty of financially exploiting an older Springfield woman. Howard Roberts of... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 24 2018 Feb 24, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:43:00 AM CST February 24, 2018 in News
Chesterfield, MO - Nearly two weeks after a shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed seventeen students and teachers, students... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some veterans living in or near the Truman VA clinic often have to make the drive to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 8:07:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Ameren Missouri proposed an incentive program to install more charging stations for electric cars across Missouri. The program,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 7:28:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
ST. CHARLES - The man accused in the death of trooper James Bava is facing lowered charges as his second... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department spent the morning investigating a possible threat against Columbia Public Schools. The post... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:27:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Show-Me State Games isn't officially until June, but the competition is already underway. More than 90... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 23 2018 Feb 23, 2018 Friday, February 23, 2018 4:22:00 PM CST February 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
4pm 52°
5pm 52°
6pm 48°
7pm 46°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
2:00p
Crazy People
4:00p
Rules of Engagement
4:30p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
9:30p
A.P. Bio
7:00p
It Could Happen to You
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Family Guy