Missouri baseball team beats Missouri State again

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 10:44 p.m. CDT; updated 10:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Missouri baseball team led for nearly the entire game on its way to a 5-4 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday at Hammons Field in Springfield. The win is the Tigers' third win in a row over their in-state foes. 

Missouri (12-17) took a quick lead when junior Keaton Steele singled home sophomore Case Munson in the first inning.

Steele was recently named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week as a result of his success at the plate and on the mound in the Tigers' series win against Georgia, their first in conference play as an SEC member.

Five pitchers combined for the Tigers to hold the Bears to one run over the first seven innings, and sophomore Logan Pearson's two-RBI triple contributed to a three-run eighth inning to give the Tigers a 5-1 lead. 

Missouri State responded with three in the bottom of the frame, but senior Jake Walsh and sophomore John Miles closed out the game for Missouri with a scoreless ninth. 

Missouri returns to Columbia on Friday to open a three-game set against Florida.

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