Missouri baseball's Keaton Steele named SEC Player of the Week

Monday, April 8, 2013 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 11:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 8, 2013

Missouri baseball's jack-of-all-trades, Keaton Steele, was master of each over the past week, earning him Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors. The pitcher, infielder and designated hitter excelled both on the mound and at the plate during a weekend series at Georgia. 

Steele's shining moment came in the final game of the three-game series. In relief of starting pitcher Alec Rash, Steele allowed just one run on four hits in 7.1 innings. He retired the final 15 Bulldog batters, allowing the Tigers' offense to come back from 5-0 down, ultimately winning 8-5. Steele also went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a double, and scored a run in the win. 

In four games in the past week, three at Georgia and one in St. Louis against Illinois, Steele hit three doubles and a home run while batting .500. He also extended his personal hitting streak to eight games over the weekend against Georgia.

Steele, a junior from St. Joseph, transferred to Missouri this season from Iowa Western Community College. There, he led his team to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship and was named MVP of the tournament. He is one of several junior college transfers who has made an immediate impact for the Tigers this season. 

The Tigers will travel to play Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Springfield.

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