Missouri baseball sweeps double-header against Iona
CARY, North Carolina - The Missouri baseball team defeated Iona for the fourth time in two days with a pair of wins, 6-3 and 14-2, on Feb. 14.
Missouri has outscored Iona 25-8 over the past four games.
Zach Lavy went 7-10 combined in the double-header and Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season.
In the first match of the day, Josh Lester tripled right field scoring Brett Peel on the play in the first inning. The Tigers scored three in the first inning to make it 3-0.
Tanner Houck pitched six innings for Missouri, but started slow allowing two runs on three hits in the second inning to shorten Missouri's lead to 3-2.
Case Munson tripled for Missouri in the third inning and later scored off of a ground out by Jake Ring to give the Tigers a two-run lead.
Although Houck allowed another run in the third inning to make it 4-3, he pitched three straight scoreless innings to get his first victory of the season.
In the second match of the double-header, Lavy and Brett Bond each recorded RBI's in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, Jack Klages doubled and Ring tripled to help add two more runs for Missouri to increase the lead to four.
Missouri hit a season-high 15 hits in the game and batted .455 against Iona in the second match.
With the score 6-1 Missouri in the fifth inning, Howard hit a two-run home run to lead a five-run inning for the Tigers in the victory.
Missouri will be back on the diamond against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road. The game will take place Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. CT.