Missouri baseball beats Missouri State
Mizzou freshman DH Chad McDaniel hit a go-ahead double in the top of the seventh inning as No. 24 Mizzou Baseball downed in-state foe No. 19 Missouri State, 8-6, Tuesday evening at Hammons Field. Mizzou ran out to a 5-1 lead before Missouri State rallied to go on top, 6-5, after six innings. Mizzou then scored three runs in the seventh, highlighted by McDaniel’s double, as it took the lead for good. Mizzou scored six of its eight runs with two outs, including all three in the seventh.
Mizzou improves to 24-9 on the year and snaps a four-game skid against the Bears in Springfield. Missouri State falls to 22-8. Reliever RHP Jordan Gubelman earned his first career win after tossing the final 3.1 innings as Mizzou regained the lead in the latter innings. He retired the first nine batters he faced before a two-out walk in the ninth. He struck out four and did not allow a hit. Jake Fromson took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the year. The win was the first for Mizzou this season when trailing after 6.0 innings. The Tigers were previously 0-8 in such contests.
McDaniel’s hit was certainly the turning point Tuesday, but the play of junior OF Zach Hanna was a huge part of the win. He went 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBI, a homer, was hit by a pitch to start the seventh-inning rally, and laid down a sacrifice bunt. He also made a game-saving catch in left, crashing into the wall to rob a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Mizzou squandered a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Missouri State grabbed a 6-5 lead moving to the seventh inning. The first two Mizzou batters in the top of the seventh were retired, but a two-out hit-by-pitch by Hanna extended the inning. Alex Samples then singled to bring up McDaniel, who blooped an RBI double into left field for his second hit of the game. Missouri State LF Jordan Fitzpatrick let that ball get through his legs, allowing Samples to score the go-ahead run, putting Mizzou back on top, 7-6.
Freshman Cade Bormet kept the line moving with an RBI, pinch-hit double to extend the lead to 8-6. Gubelman then came out and retired Missouri State in order in the bottom of the frame as Mizzou grabbed momentum. He was lights out from there, holding the home Bears off the board for the final 3.1 innings, not allowing a hit.
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