Mizzou baseball earns first SEC win during doubleheader split on Saturday

By Zach Garcia

Despite a rough start to the day on offense, Missouri closed out Saturday with its first baseball victory in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers rode strong pitching performances throughout the day to a two-game split against visiting South Carolina (17-3, 2-1 SEC) during Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Tigers (6-9, 1-2 SEC) were losers in the first game of the day, in which starting pitcher Brett Graves worked a complete nine innings but was saddled with the loss, as offense was at a premium in South Carolina’s 2-0 win.

Nolan Belcher opposed Graves and notched the win thanks to well-placed breaking balls keeping the Missouri bats off balance throughout the afternoon.

The home team broke through during the damp second game of the day, however, and overpowered South Carolina to a 4-0 win. The trio of Missouri pitchers in Alec Rash, Jake Walsh and Keaton Steele kept the Gamecocks’ offense at bay. Dane Opel, Dylan Kelly and Shane Segovia each knocked in runs for the Tigers.

The three-game series was originally scheduled to include a Sunday game, but with forecasted snow on the way, both teams decided to play two on Saturday instead. South Carolina leaves town with the series win, having also won on Friday night.

The Tigers return to the field for a two-game midweek series beginning Tuesday, when they host Arkansas State at 6pm.

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