Houck's complete game shutout lifts Mizzou over Auburn
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou sophomore RHP Tanner Houck (Collinsville, Ill.) tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season as Mizzou Baseball defeated Auburn, 2-0, on Friday night at Taylor Stadium. Houck tallied 10 strikeouts while walking only one batter and allowing only four hits against the SEC's top hitting offense. Auburn hitters struggled to get solid contact as Houck induced 14 groundouts to go along with his 10 strikeouts. Two of the four hits he allowed were infield knocks. Mizzou's victory tied the series at one game apiece as Mizzou is now 19-14 on the year and 3-8 in SEC play.
Sophomore 3B Shane Benes (Town & Country, Mo.) went 2-for-4 with a double to continue his hot streak at the plate. He has reached base in nine consecutive games, hitting two home runs and three doubles in that stretch. He also had an impressive diving stop at third base, making the throw to keep the runner out of scoring position.
Mizzou's first run of the game came in the first inning. OF Kirby McGuire (Round Rock, Texas) moved up to second base after leading off the game with a single. A throwing error on a Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) grounder allowed McGuire to cross the plate to get the lead. The team was then able to tack on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) scored from third on a passed ball.
But Houck needed just the run in the first inning as Mizzou recorded its fourth shutout of the year and the second with Houck on the hill. Both of his outings were complete-game shutouts.
Mizzou will finish the series on Saturday (April 9) at 12 p.m.