COLUMBIA — A strong day at the plate from Shane Segovia and another set of strong outings from the bullpen helped the Missouri baseball team get its second win of the season by a 6-3 margin over Chicago State on Sunday.
Missouri got hits off Cougars starter Andrew Wellwerts early. Logan Pearson singled to lead off the first inning, and after a Segovia single put runners on first and second, Dylan Kelly doubled to drive both runners home. After Kendall Keeton walked, Zach Lavy singled to drive Kelly home and put the Tigers' lead at 3-0.
Chicago State scored a run on Missouri starter Jace James in the second inning, and though Segovia singled and came around to score in the third inning, the Cougars scored two more runs off James in the top of the fourth to narrow the deficit to one.
However, Missouri's bullpen again proved to be nearly untouchable. Ryan Phillips got his second win of the weekend with 1 2/3 hitless innings. Breckin Williams and Keaton Steele combined to hold Chicago State scoreless for the game's final frames. The Tigers scored two insurance runs at the bottom of the eighth to expand their lead to 6-3.
Brett Peel, who started the first two games of the weekend at second base for the Tigers, hurt his left hand and sat out Sunday's matchup. The junior's status will be further evaluated once he receives x-rays.
Missouri (2-1) will head to Winston-Salem, N.C. next weekend to play games against Radford, Wake Forest and Cincinnati. The Tigers will then play Liberty and Campbell the following Tuesday and Wednesday in Cary, N.C. before heading back to Columbia that Friday to face Illinois-Chicago in the team's home opener.