– Southeast Missouri baseball (12-10) defeated nationally-ranked in-state rival Missouri (21-4) on Tuesday in Columbia, 6-5.
The Redhawks have defeated the Tigers four of the last six meetings in Columbia.
(2-0) picked up the victory in the game. He pitched four innings in his start and left as the pitcher of record when SEMO recaptured the lead in the fifth inning.
The Redhawks' Friday starter Clay Chandler
entered in the eighth inning, his second career appearance out of the pen, and picked up his first career save. He pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings and struck out three of the six batters he faced.
Southeast and Missouri each scattered nine hits in the game. Eight of Southeast's nine starters recorded a hit while Brian Lees
was the lone Redhawk with multiple hits, finishing with two, both doubles. Kylar Robertson
drove in two runs while Clayton Evans
slugged a home run.
Cameron Dulle (0-1) picked up the loss for the Tigers out of the pen. He allowed three of SEMO's runs in the fifth inning that put the Redhawks back on top. Tiger starter Bryce Montes De Oca pitched four innings in his start and struck out six Redhawks.
For the fifth game in a row, the Redhawks pushed a run across first in the contest. Following walks to Tristen Gagan
and Lees, Robertson drove Gagan in with a ground ball base hit through the left side. Garrett Reynolds drew the third walk of the inning to load the bases with one out. Connor Basler
plated another run with a line drive into right, scoring Lees. Southeast led 2-0 in the second.
The Tigers, the national leaders in sacrifice flies, scored their first run on a bases-loaded sac fly by Trey Harris in the bottom of the third to make it a 2-1 game.
Back-to-back two-out base hits gave the Tigers life in the bottom of the fourth. Both runners came around to score on a Brian Sharp double to right, putting the Tigers on top 3-2 after four.
Southeast recaptured its lead in the top of the fifth inning and led 6-3 after the frame. Evans jumpstarted the inning by tying the game with his first home run of the season, 3-3. A double by Dan Holst
and a walk to Gagan, his third of the game, prompted Mizzou to make its second pitching change of the inning. Danny Wright
proceeded to single through the right side, putting SEMO back on top. Lees followed by plugging the right center gap to put SEMO up by two. Robertson contributed to the scoring with a slow grounder back to the pitcher who threw to first, conceding the Redhawks' third run of the inning.
Mizzou loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Robbie Glendinning drew a bases-loaded walk to push a run in. After a Redhawk pitching change for Jared Waldhoff
, Brett Bond hit the second sac fly of the game for the Tigers, making it a one-run game, 6-5.
The Tigers put the tying run on third with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Chandler, who came in to relieve earlier in the inning, made a heads-up play on a squeeze bunt attempt to force the out at the plate for out number two. Chandler picked up a strikeout to end the inning and the Tiger scoring threat.
Chandler sat the Tigers down in order including striking out two batters in the ninth to secure the save and the Redhawk victory.
Sharp had a 3-for-4 day with a pair of RBI. Three other Tigers including Connor Brumfield, Alex Samples, and Chris Cornelius all had two hits.
Southeast Missouri will return to Capaha Field for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against Austin Peay this weekend. First pitch of Friday's series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. Kohlfeld Distributing will sponsor a Fish Fry tailgate.