COLOMBIA, Mo.- University of Missouri junior pitcher austin maroz he went 6 2/3 innings his entire career with a career-high 10 strikeouts to lead the Tigers to a 10-3 win over South Carolina in Sunday’s decider at Taylor Stadium.
Mizzou (17-8, 3-6 SEC) built on the strong performance with a 10-run effort at the plate to win the series. Junior lucas mann he hit a pair of home runs, his fifth and sixth of the season, to lead the Tigers at the plate. The third baseman drove in four runs and scored four times in the win. Graduate leum fox he went 3-for-4 at the plate for the second straight day against the Gamecocks (13-14, 3-6 SEC) and added three RBIs.
Marozas (1-0) settled in after giving up two early runs, retiring 17 straight South Carolina batters from the second through seventh innings. He allowed just two hits, struck out 10 and walked two.
Trailing 2-1 midway through the game, the Tigers put up a pair in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Second year student Austin Trevor he started the play with a single to center field. Mann followed with a walk to put two on board and the Tigers advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Leum drove in both with a line drive to right field to put the Tigers up 3-2.
Mizzou never gave up the lead, scoring three in the sixth and four in the eighth to take the rubber game.
austin maroz: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 10 K, 2 BB
lucas mann: 2 of 4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R
leum fox: 3 of 4, 3 RBIs
mike coletta: 2 for 4, RBIs
IN THE NOTES
- Mann’s two-homer game is the first by a Tiger since the third baseman went deep twice against Auburn in the 2021 final series.
- Leum produced three RBIs for the second straight game to help fuel the Tigers’ attack.
- carter rustad he earned his first save of the season, getting the Tigers out of an eighth-inning jam and retiring 5 of 6 Gamecocks he faced.
- The Tigers have won four straight home series against South Carolina and seven of the last eight games at Taylor Stadium against the Gamecocks.
- Mizzou’s 17-8 start is his best since 2018.
- Austin finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.
- Five Tigers had multi-hit games with Ty Wilmsmeyer and mike coletta joining Austin, Leum and Mann.
FROM THE JUMP
Coach Bieser on Marozas’ performance on the mound…
“The sinker ball guys, sometimes they have a little bit of a problem settling in early because they have good speed, but man, once he started to wear down a little bit and really get that ball to the bottom of the zone and use his mix of three pitches, that was pretty special.
In the series win…
“The guys just kept coming and coming and getting better every inning and really staying the course. So proud of the way they responded all weekend.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Mizzou ends the stay at home with a Wednesday night matchup against rival Kansas at Taylor Stadium. The first launch is scheduled for 7 pm on the SEC Network.
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