Missouri baseball sweeps Alcorn State despite long rain delay

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 9:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA — It's still plenty clear that the Missouri baseball team's biggest weakness lies in its constant struggle to produce runs, but its 11-5 win in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against Alcorn State provided some encouragement, regardless of the level of competition.

Shane Segovia returned to the lineup after sitting out the weekend series with Southern Mississippi with a strained oblique muscle. Segovia had a strong season before the injury, and in Tuesday's first at bat he picked up where he left off, clubbing a first-pitch home run off the protective netting of the left-center field scoreboard. 

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Eric Anderson hit a high shot to left field that landed in the glove of Missouri's bullpen catcher. The Tigers scored three runs in that inning, one in the fifth and three more in the eighth. Their final total was the most they had scored since the team's 15-3 win over Radford on Feb. 21. 

The home runs were career firsts for both Segovia and Anderson. Kendall Keeton had a 4-for-5 day, pushing his on-base streak to 14 games. Keaton Steele went 3-for-5.

Missouri scored a run in the first and second innings in the second game of the doubleheader to give the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead. Three and a half innings were completed before the game went into a rain delay.

The teams resumed play at 8:29 p.m. after a rain delay of one hour, 47 minutes.

Missouri won the second game 5-0. The Tigers improve to 8-7 overall.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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