Dustin’s Note: Written from watching on SEC Network. I was not in Columbia.
WHAT HAPPENED: Missouri scored two runs in the eighth inning to take the lead from Tennessee and held on to win 5-4 in Columbia Mo., taking the first game of a three-game series between the teams at the bottom of the SEC East.
The Vols fell to 24-19, 6-13 in the SEC. Missouri improved to 22-21, 5-14.
Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by shortstop Ryan Howard, but Tennessee tied the game on a squeeze bunt by catcher Tyler Schultz in the fourth that brought home Nick Senzel. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on a two-run single by Howard, but the Vols tied the game in the sixth when third baseman Jared Pruett’s push bunt went past Missouri second baseman Connor Brumfield and allowed Vincent Jackson and Jordan Rodgers to score.
The Vols took the lead in the seventh. Center fielder Brodie Leftridge led off the inning with a double, went to third on a balk and then scored on an groundout by Chris Hall, breaking on the throw to first and scoring thanks in part to an errant throw home.
Missouri got to reliever Andy Cox in the eighth, however. Center fielder Jake Ring and Howard began the inning with singles, then first baseman Zach Lavy singled to right to bring in Ring. Two batters later, catcher Brett Bond hit a roller to short, but Howard just beat the throw home from Senzel to give Missouri a 5-4 lead. Continue reading