Hours after surrendering double-digit runs to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in an 11-8 loss Saturday, Brett Graves submitted the most dominant start of the year by a Missouri pitcher in a 4-0 win over Illinois-Chicago. In eight innings, the junior right-hander allowed no runs, two hits and one walk on 96 pitches.
The Tigers took the lead for good in the first inning on Dylan Kelly’s RBI single that scored lead-off hitter Eric Anderson. Graves, who extended his shutout streak to 15 consecutive innings, took it from there, striking out six batters over the course of the next eight innings.
Missouri added an insurance run in the sixth and another in the seventh to take a 3-0 lead. Junior Keaton Steele relieved Graves in the ninth inning, needing just 10 pitches to get the final three outs of Saturday’s contest.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Missouri, which improved its record to 4-6. The Tigers will return home after postponing the final game of the weekend against Arkansas-Little Rock, which was originally scheduled for Sunday. Missouri will host Southern Mississippi on Friday at Taylor Stadium.