Chris Playter hit a three-run home run with two outs in the first inning and Tim Clubb took care of the rest with a record tying win as the Missouri State baseball team cruised to a 12-2 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Northern Iowa in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Bears have now seven in a row and are 37-14 overall and 17-5 in league play. They clinched at least a second-place finish in the MVC and first-round bye in next week’s conference tournament.
Tim Clubb shut down a UNI offense that has hit .309 this season, throwing eight shutout innings and giving up just two singles. He walked three, struck out seven, and allowed only one runner beyond first base and never surrendered more than one baserunner in an inning.
The sophomore righthander upped his record to 10-0, tying him with Jarrod Mays in 1995 for the best start in school history. Clubb completed the conference season alone with a 7-0 record and 1.99 ERA, tossing at least seven innings in all eight league starts.