Missouri baseball splits doubleheader against Charlotte

Saturday, February 26, 2011 | 8:32 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team split its doubleheader against Charlotte on Saturday. The Tigers (2-4) won the second game 4-2 in 12 innings and lost 3-2 earlier in the day.

In the second game, Missouri sophomore outfielder Blake Brown drove in both runs in the 12th inning with a one-out single after the two lead-off hitters got on base.

The Tigers held on thanks to senior reliever Phil McCormick, who pitched the last four innings and allowed one unearned run. Charlotte scored that run in the ninth inning to tie the game because of two Missouri errors.

McCormick earned the win while giving up two hits, two walks and striking out three times. Missouri starter Jeff Scardino pitched eight innings, allowed five hits and one run, and had six strikeouts.

Senior outfielder Jonah Schmidt's solo home run in the third inning was Missouri's first home run of the year.

In the first game, Charlotte scored two runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 comeback victory.

Missouri senior reliever Brad Buehler allowed two singles in the ninth to begin the Charlotte rally.

Missouri sophomore shortstop Eric Garcia then moved to the mound to relieve Buehler. He allowed a sacrifice bunt, which moved the runners-up to second and third, and the game-ending single by Charlotte outfielder Cory Tilton.

Missouri freshman starter Rob Zastryzny pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed six hits, one run and three walks, and had three strikeouts.

Missouri will conclude its four-game series against Charlotte at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time on Sunday.

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