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Missouri Baseball Goes 7-2 In Florida

Missouri got strong starting pitching from its top two hurlers and key contributions from some newcomers during the trip.

The Missouri Tigers baseball team capped off a successful trip to Florida with a 3-2 10-inning victory over Hofstra on Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Tigers went 7-2 during their trip to Florida, splitting a four-game series against Seton Hall during the opening weekend, beating Florida International in a mid-week game and then sweeping four games against Hofstra this past weekend. 

“I think we leave here a better baseball team than when we got here and that’s more important to me,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said in a press release.

The Tigers, who went 30-28 overall and 15-15 in Southeastern Conference play a year ago, were led by their top two starting pitchers during the Florida trip. 

Redshirt senior righthander Reggie McClain (2-0, 0.00 ERA) and sophomore righthander Tanner Houck (2-0, 0.60 ERA) combined for four wins and allowed just three runs (one earned) in 32 innings of work. Houck tossed a three-hit shutout against Hofstra on Saturday. 

Offensively, Missouri hit .279 and recorded a .383 on-base percentage as a team over the nine games in Florida and got solid contributions from several players. 

Freshmen Brian Sharp (.375, .474 OBP, six runs scored) and Connor Brumfield (.367, .472 OBP, three doubles, 10 RBIs) were spark plugs. 

Brumfield had three game-winning RBIs during the trip, including a walk-off single in the 10th inning to beat Hofstra on Sunday. 

“I was just looking fastball the whole time because I had an at-bat against him (Saturday) and hit a fastball pretty good,” Brumfield said in a press release, “so I was just waiting for that fastball. He threw a couple out, so I just took those and that one was right down the middle, so I put a good swing on it.”

Junior centerfielder Jake Ring batted .343 during the trip with a .429 OBP, two doubles, two triples, five RBIs, four runs scored and six stolen bases. Junior shortstop Ryan Howard hit .333 with a .406 OBP, one home run, six RBIs, five runs and three steals. 

Sophomore third baseman Shane Benes hit two home runs, scored six runs and racked up nine RBIs. Sophomore catcher Brett Bond had one homer, seven RBIs and scored nine runs. Senior first baseman Zach Lavy had a team-high 10 runs scored in the nine games. 

Missouri returns to action with its home opener on Wednesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) and then hosts Illinois-Chicago (3-4) for a four-game series over the weekend. 

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