By Erik Hall
KANSAS CITY — The third time was the charm.
Missouri baseball played its third extra-inning game in its last four games. The Tigers won 5-4 in 10 innings Tuesday after losing twice in 11 innings to Mississippi State during the weekend.
Missouri senior Dillon Everett got a walk-off single with the bases loaded. Everett hit the first pitch he saw down the right-field line. He extended his right arm when he saw the ball drop in fair territory, and his teammates mobbed him between first and second base.
Everett’s hit brought Logan Pearson home, who led off the 10th inning with a single.
“That was fantastic,” Pearson said. “I would love to be part of that more often.”
Missouri relief pitcher Breckin Williams earned the win. He pitched 1/3 of an inning.
The rally negated blown opportunities by the Tigers, including Everett, in the eighth inning.
A blown save by Missouri closer Keaton Steele allowed Wichita State to tie the game 4-4 in the eighth inning. Steele pitched two innings and allowed one run on three hits.
A blown opportunity by Everett with the bases loaded in the eighth inning prevented a response. Missouri’s first two eighth-inning batters reached base, and the Tigers had the bases loaded when Everett batted.
Everett could not connect for a hit and ended his eighth inning at bat grounding into a 6-4-3 double play.
“It’s just another part of the game we had to deal with,” Pearson said of the eighth inning struggles. “If we let that get to us, we don’t score. We don’t win. We just have to brush it off and get to the next inning.”
Missouri went ahead 4-3 with a three-run sixth inning. Wichita State led until the sixth inning after scoring two runs in the first inning and one run in the third inning. Missouri scored its first run in the second inning.
Missouri had two hits each from Everett, Pearson and Dylan Kelly.
The Tigers’ starting pitcher Alec Rash threw four innings. He allowed three runs on four hits.
Drew Palmer was the losing pitcher. He threw 1 1/3 inning and allowed one run on three hits. Wichita State moves to 21-19 overall.
The win improves Missouri to 18-21 this season. The team returns to action with a 6:30 p.m. game Wednesday against Illinois at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.