The Missouri baseball team withstood the wind and cold to earn a 10-5 victory in its home opener against Youngstown State on Friday night at Taylor Stadium. Junior John McKee tallied a career-high five RBIs and starting pitcher Rick Zagone recorded his second win in four starts this year.
After giving up one run on two hits in the first inning, Zagone found his rhythm, facing the minimum number of Penguin batters through the next five innings before struggling again in the seventh. Zagone’s streak came thanks in part to two double plays by the Tigers’ infield to end the fourth and sixth innings.
After the game, Zagone said that the bright lights of his first Friday night start may have contributed to his shaking first inning.
“I felt pretty good after the first. I just calmed myself down. It was my first Friday night game, and I just got a little too excited, but got calm as the game went on.”
The second game of the series was postponed Saturday because of cold conditions. Missouri is scheduled to play a doubleheader against Youngstown State starting at 10 a.m. today at Taylor Stadium.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars went 1-1 on Saturday in a doubleheader at the Gulf Shores Invitational in Orange Beach, Ala. The Cougars defeated Faulkner (Ala.) University 6-1 Saturday morning. They lost to Oklahoma City University 9-0 in five innings in the late game.
Cougars (1-4) senior Marcie McMahon and Stephanie Stowe both hit home runs in the early game. Katie McMahon (1-2) was the winner against Faulkner.
MU SOFTBALL: The Tigers lost to No. 2 Arizona 5-4 Friday after catcher Callisata Balko singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for Arizona (12-3). The loss snapped the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak. Junior Amanda Renth had two home runs and four RBI’s for the Tigers (14-7).
COLUMBIA COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Cougars suffered a season-ending loss to McKendree (Ill.) College 84-75 in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference tournament in Lebanon, Ill. Columbia College senior Bryant Chambly, who had 21 first half points, finished with 29. Louis McCrary added 16 points for the Cougars.
MU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Senior Eetisha Riddle was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Team after leading Missouri with 16.3 points per game this season. She also led the Tigers in rebounds, blocked shots and minutes played. Seniors Tiffany Brooks and Carlynn Savant were named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Brooks is ninth in the Big 12 in scoring at 13.4 points per game, and Savant is Missouri’s career three-point leader with 142.