By Erik Hall
Tennessee baseball swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Missouri at Taylor Stadium. Tennessee won the first game 5-1 and took the second game 4-1.
Missouri struggled to find a timely hit, while Tennessee did not.
“The difference in the game for me was they got the hits when they needed them,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. “We didn’t get the hits that we needed at the right time.”
Missouri left 12 runners on base in Game 1, and the Tigers stranded eight runners in Game 2.
Tennessee improves to 17-2 overall, 2-1 in the SEC with Saturday’s sweep. Missouri falls to 9-9 overall, 1-2 SEC.
John Miles was the losing pitcher in Game 1. He went 6 2/3, innings allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Missouri closer Keaton Steele took the loss in Game 2. He entered the game in the eighth inning with the score tied 1-1, and he allowed three earned runs. It was the first time this season in 11 appearances that Steele allowed an earned run.
“Keaton Steele is not going to do that every time,” Missouri relief pitcher Austin Tribby said. “Keaton Steele is one of the best guys in the country. We put our faith in him, and no matter what, we know he’s going to get it done. I mean, sometimes it doesn’t. That doesn’t change our confidence for him. He’s going to go out there and try hard. We don’t blame this loss on anybody. We’re a team, and we win and lose as a team.”
Tribby pitched 1 2/3 innings Saturday allowing one run, zero earned runs, and zero hits with one strikeout and no walks.
Offensively, Missouri senior catcher Dylan Kelly went 2-for-6 on the day with two walks and one run. Senior second baseman Shane Segovia went 3-for-6 with two walks and a hit by pitch.
Missouri is scheduled to return to action 6 p.m. Tuesday for the first of a two-game home series against Western Michigan. This series was added to the team’s schedule as of Friday.
Missouri senior Shane Segovia slides into third base as Tennessee shortstop A.J. Simcox waits for the throw in the fourth inning Saturday, March 15, 2014, during the first game of the doubleheader at Taylor Stadium. Segovia, who was out on the play, batted 2-for-3 in the game.
Missouri catcher Dylan Kelly shows home plate umpire David Savage the ball to show he held onto it during the third strike for Tennessee batter Christin Stewart (20) in the sixth inning.
Missouri coach Tim Jamieson (9) talks to base runners Sean Ullrich (left), Jake Ivory (21) and Jake Ring (25) while Tennessee makes a pitching change during the bottom of the fourth inning in the first game. Relief pitcher Andy Cox came in and retired Missouri senior Eric Anderson to end the inning with the bases loaded. Missouri stranded 12 base runners in first game of the doubleheader.
Tennessee second baseman Will Maddox prepares to throw to first base to complete the double play as Missouri junior Jake Ivory slides into second base during the sixth inning of the first game.
The put-out was the second of three double plays Tennessee turned in the game. Ivory batted 2-3 with a walk.