The Southwest Missouri State baseball team has struggled this season. Coming into last night’s game with 14th ranked Missouri, the Bears were 12-25 with a six-game losing streak and had lost 12 of their last 13 games. On Tuesday they put that skid to bed with a 2-1 win over the Tigers at Hammons Field.
SMS’ pitchers baffled MU hitters, as starter Ross Detwiler and reliever Brett Sinkbeil combined for a three hitter. The Bears had trouble getting hits, too. In fact neither one of their runs were produced by base hits.
Adam Pummill got SMS on the board when he scored on Jake Hildendorf’s ground out. With the scored tied 1-1 in the sixth, Nolan Keane scored from second when Mizzou center fielder Evan Frey misplayed a single by Chris Taylor. That was the final run of the game.
With the win, SMS improved to 13-25, while MU fell to 30-11. In the 33 meetings between the two teams, the Bears have won 17 times and the Tigers have won 16. They’ll meet again on Tuesday night in Columbia.