The first nine innings featured a lot of scoring Wednesday that the extra innings lacked.
Missouri beat Southeast Missouri State 12-11 at Taylor Stadium in 13 innings. The game was 10-10 after nine innings, and neither team could produce the winning run until Lee Laskowski drove it in with two outs in the 13th.
MU improved to 31-20-1, and Southeast fell to 24-25.
Southeast pitcher Gary Gilbert, who played the first 10 innings at third base, hit Kyle Johnson, putting the first Tiger runner on base in the 13th.
Bo Davis then singled on a short grounder that catcher Brady Knoll could not field in front of the pitcher’s mound. Trevor Helms followed with another infield single to load the bases.
After Tyler Williams struck out for the second out of the 13th, Laskowski, who was 1-for-5 with three RBIs hit a soft single into center field, scoring Johnson from third to win the game.
“Everybody else set that inning up,” Laskowski said. “I hit it in the right spot, that’s all I did.”
Laskowski’s three RBIs tied him with Cody Ehlers and Ryan Rallo for the team best Wednesday.
Rallo, who was 3-for-5 with a home run, hit single in the 12th that tied that game after Southeast had pulled ahead in the top of the inning. Rallo’s single barely eluded the outstretched glove of third baseman Eric Horstman, allowing Trevor Helms to tie the game with two outs.
“I was happy with the way we battled,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. “We need to swing the bats, and we did tonight.”
Missouri used eight pitchers and Southeast used five in a game that had 24 strikeouts, 36 hits and 103 at bats. Thirteen of the strikeouts came after the eighth inning. The game was the longest of the season without a delay for the Tigers at 4 hours, 39 minutes.