Mizzou righty Keaton Steele named SEC Pitcher of the Week

By Zach Garcia

Keaton Steele

Keaton Steele

The Missouri baseball team’s recent uptick now includes an individual accolade. Junior Keaton Steele was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday, following a combined eight shutout innings over two game appearances. Steele stuck out 11 batters and walked just one over the course of his award-winning week.

Steele’s best performance came in the second game of Missouri’s doubleheader against South Carolina on Saturday. The right-hander came on in relief to pitch the final six innings of game and handcuffed the nation’s No. 5-ranked offense to three hits and no runs, while striking out seven batters and walking one. Missouri cruised to a 4-0 win, picking up its first SEC win behind Steele’s effort on the mound.

The Tigers enter the final week of their 11-game home stand on a 6-3 run. Missouri will wrap up the stand with a pair of games against Arkansas State (14-6) on Tuesday at Taylor Stadium, before hitting the road for the first time in nearly a month to take on Tennessee (10-9) in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend.

Missouri was scheduled to play an additional four games on the home stand – three vs. Northwestern from March 1-3 and another vs. San Francisco on March 10 – but the games were canceled due to inclement weather.

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