Missouri baseball splits double header with Seton Hall
FORT MYERS, Florida - The Missouri baseball team continued its first series of the 2016 season Saturday by splitting a double-header with Seton Hall. The Tigers won the first game of the day 4-1, but lost the second game 8-4.
Game one of the double-header saw the season debut of Missouri star pitcher Tanner Houck. The sophomore allowed one run in six innings of work, and tied his career best with nine strikeouts on the day.
The Tigers were mostly quiet offensively, but used the few runners they could get on base well. Missouri racked up eight stolen bases and scored four times on just four hits. In contrast, Seton Hall's lone run came despite the Pirates picking up 11 hits.
One notable exception to Missouri's lack of hitting came in the form of third baseman Shane Benes. The sophomore drove in three, and hit his second home run of the season in the third inning.
In game two, Tiger pitcher Michael Plassmeyer struggled through four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits.
Missouri was able to claw back to a one-run deficit after eight, but Tiger pitcher Griffin Goodrich allowed three more runs in the ninth to seal the Pirate victory.
Tiger shortstop Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season Saturday night, a two run shot that tied the game at two.
After the double-header, the Tigers are now 2-1 on the season. Missouri and Seton Hall will wrap up their series Sunday, Feb. 21 at noon.