By Harrison Vapnek
In an afternoon that was mostly a pitchers duel, the Omaha Mavericks (3-3) and their bats got hot in the 9th inning, scoring six runs on six hits, along with drawing two walks, to break the 3-3 tie, and eventually beat the Missouri Tigers (3-5), 9-3. The inning began with a Chris Esposito triple to left center field, and he was driven in as the winning run after Brett Bonar singled to right two batters later. Masen Prosoki broke the game open moments later with his double down the left field line for this third and fourth RBI of the afternoon.
Omaha came out of the gates fast, scoring three runs in the 2nd inning, as Breyden Eckhout hit a two-run homerun to right center to put the Mavericks up 3-0. Eckhout finished the afternoon with three RBI’s, his first three of the young season for him.
After just scoring one run in the first five innings, the Tiger offense awakened in the 6th inning. Mark Vierling opened the inning with a walk and Chad McDaniel singled to put the Tigers in business. Following a passed ball to advance the runners, both Andrew Keefer and Luke Mann hit sacrifice flies to center to even the game. Over the next two innings, neither team generated a base runner before Omaha’s offensive explosion in the 9th.
The win today for Omaha gives them a split with Mizzou in their four game weekend series. The Tigers will look to bounce back as they travel south to Texas for the Frisco College Baseball Classic, with games slated against Dallas Baptist, Oklahoma, and Arizona. The Mavericks enter a Battle of Omaha series against Creighton this upcoming weekend.
Edited by Tyler Kading