The Missouri State baseball team held Missouri scoreless after the third inning Wednesday and got a pair of two-RBI hits from Derek Mattea and Luke Voit on the way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Taylor Stadium in Columbia.
MU (17-24) first baseman Eric Garcia ended the Bears’ 50.2-inning streak without allowing a homer with a two-run shot in the third, but the Bears (24-15) answered right back in the fourth, opening with a leadoff walk from Spiker Helms and a Brent Seifert double before Mattea came through with a two-strike, two-out single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
Seifert set the table again in the sixth with a leadoff single, and Voit launched his fourth homer of the year over the right field fence for a 4-2 lead. Pierce Johnson started for the Bears and went four innings, striking out three against two runs on four hits. Jake Powers (1-0) entered in the fifth and fired 3.2 scoreless innings, yielding two hits and a walk against three strikeouts for his first win of the year.
An error and a single opened the door for the Tigers in the eighth, giving the home team three chances with the go-ahead run at the plate. A sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position and Powers got a foul out to first before giving way to Dan Kickham, who struck out Ben Turner to keep the 4-2 lead.
The Bears added an insurance run in the ninth, as Aaron Conway was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on the next pitch, moving to third on Kevin Medrano’s single to left and scoring when the left fielder fumbled the ball.
Story courtesy of Missouri State Athletics.