By: Josh Neighbors
University of Missouri Baseball earned their first SEC sweep of the season after beating Tennessee 8-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers (24-21 overall and 7-17 in the SEC) have pulled themselves out of the basement of the SEC standings and own the tiebreak over every team below or tied with them except for Georgia who the Tigers are set to square off with in two weeks.
The heart of the Tigers’ lineup had quite the afternoon. Shortstop Ryan Howard went two for four with two RBI and first baseman Zach Lavy went one for four with a 430-foot HR that hit off the Tigers’ indoor football facility beyond the right field fence. Head coach Tim Jameison has been pleased by Howard’s recent performance, “Howard had a really good weekend. He made some big league plays in the field. It really starts with him”.
Michael Plassmeyer got the win working 5.1 innings surrendering 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out four Volunteers. Plassmeyer has evened his record up at 4-4 and with a 5.32 ERA.
Tennessee (24-21 overall and 6-15 in conference) had momentum coming into this series winning four straight games including two wins at home last week against eighth-ranked Vanderbilt. The Volunteers blew a lead in every single game of the series including two eighth inning leads on Friday and Saturday.
Freshman Will Neely took the loss for the Vols allowing 6 runs on as many hits while walking two.
The Tigers made it four in a row with Sunday’s victory and coach Jameison was very pleased with his team’s performance this week, “We are playing our best baseball of the season.”
Mizzou will take on Illinois on Tuesday in southern Illinois before traveling to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the fourth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, one of seven SEC teams ranked inside the top 15 in last week’s poll.
(Photo: Josh Neighbors)