By Zach Gee and Carter Woodiel, KCOU Sports
On a sunny Sunday afternoon the Milwaukee Panthers came in with one goal: sweep the Missouri Tigers. At the end of the day, they achieved that.
The Panthers’ starting pitcher, Joe Pavlovich put together six strong innings of work, and Milwaukee put together timely hitting to defeat the Missouri Tigers 3-1 at Taylor Stadium.
Junior Peter Fairbanks got the start for the Tigers and had another strong outing building upon his last start against UIC. Fairbanks pitched six innings gave up two runs (only one earned) and four hits with five strikeouts. The run support was not there for Fairbanks, however, as the Tiger bats were cold.
The Tigers’ Zach Lavy hit a solo home run in the top of the 7th inning for Missouri’s only run of the day. The Tigers were hitless until the fifth inning and 4-for-28 as a team on Sunday.
Trailing two to nothing in the sixth Missouri had a chance to tie the game after a double steal from Brett Peel and Jake Ring put runners on second and third. But Josh Lester struck out looking to retire the side.
After Lavy’s homer, an RBI single by Nick Unes put Milwaukee up 3-1. Gunnar Eastman and Cody Peterson finished it off for the Panthers coming out of the bullpen.
Next for Missouri is Truman State on March 10 at 6 p.m. at Taylor Stadium.