The Missouri baseball team hasn’t played in a lot of close games this season.
That's probably why closing pitcher Jeff Emens only has three saves this season. On Wednesday, he had the chance to make it four, but Missouri State ruined his chances.
Emens and the Tigers blew a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth when Keenen Maddox hit a walkoff home run to give the Bears a 5-4 win in Springfield. The home run was Maddox’s second of the game.
The bullpen, which has been strong for Missouri, has struggled lately. Tyler Clark gave up a run without recording an out, and Emens did not record an out in the ninth before giving up the home run.
Missouri (18-14) got a great start from Jeff Scardino, who pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, but ended up with a no decision. Scardino only gave up two hits and didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning.
First baseman Aaron Senne singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.
The Tigers and Bears will play again May 4 at Taylor Stadium.