Facing two outs and a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Trevor Coleman hit the first of two Mizzou two-run home runs in the final two innings, Coleman’s homer putting the Tigers within one. It was Steve Gray, pinch hitter for the game, who hit the walk-off two-run homer in the ninth, solidifying Mizzou’s late comeback. Gray’s game-winner was his sixth home run of the season.
No. 14 Mizzou (32-16) had scored one run in the first inning, tying the score at one, its only run before their flurry of runs in the final two innings. The Tigers also kept Creighton scoreless in the eighth and ninth. Scooter Hicks closed out the game for the Tigers, allowing only one hit in six at-bats in the final two.
The Tigers could not contain Robbie Knight, however, who homered in each of his first two at-bats, and finished 5-5, with three RBI and three runs scored. Knight gave Creighton the early 1-0 lead with a homer to open the game; then belted a two run shot in the top of the second, finishing the game with three straight singles.
The Tigers take the field again tonight as they host Missouri State at 6:30 p.m., at Taylor Stadium.