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Tigers claim game 1 of Georgia doubleheader

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Mizzou baseball swept a doubleheader at Georgia to open SEC play on Saturday (March 14) at Foley Field as the Tigers improve to 14-4 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play. The Tigers moved their winning streak to four games with the sweep as it was Mizzou's fourth doubleheader sweep of the season. Mizzou got homers from freshman Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Case Munson (St. Charles, Mo.) to aid a complete game effort from Reggie McClain (Duluth, Ga.) in the game-one win. Harris finished with three hits, including his three-run homer in the sixth inning, in the first game.

In game one, after Georgia picked up a run on a two-out double in the first, Mizzou got that run back in the top of the third inning, led by the catalysts at the top of the lineup - Brett Peel (St. Charles, Mo.) and Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.). Peel drew a one-out walk and was driven home on an RBI double to center field by Ring, just the second extra-base hit allowed by Georgia start Ryan Lawlor all season. It was also Ring's team-leading eighth extra-base hit of the season.

After both pitchers seemed to settle in, Mizzou finally broke through against Lawlor in the top of the sixth inning. Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) led off the inning with a single into center and Brett Bond (St. Louis, Mo.) walked to put two men on. Then with two outs, Harris - a Georgia native - launched his first career home run, a three-run shot over the fence in left to break the game open.

McClain then came back out and retired UGA in order in the bottom of the sixth. Munson then launched his second homer of the season to lead off the seventh, ending Lawlor's day. Lawlor had allowed just one extra-base hit all season before surrendering three to the Tigers, all three scoring runs for Mizzou.

McClain retired nine in a row until the bottom of the eighth as a leadoff single by Nick King ended that streak. He then issued a one-out walk before striking out Zack Bowers for the fourth time for out No. 2. He then got a 6-3 groundout off the bat of Jared Walsh to get him through eight innings.

McClain came back out for the ninth and worked around a two-out walk to wrap up his second complete game of the season, earning his third win of the year.