COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Baseball (23-21, 6-14) secured the series win with another eighth-inning rally to defeat Tennessee (24-20, 6-14), 6-5, Saturday afternoon (April 30) at Taylor Stadium. Mizzou scored two runs in the eighth inning thanks to RBI singles from senior 1B Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.) and sophomore OF Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.). Senior LHP Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) pitched the final 1.1 innings to get the win for Mizzou.
Sophomore RHP Tanner Houck (Collinsville, Ill.) pitched well, going 7.2 innings giving up eight hits and two earned runs. Houck struck out six batters, marking the eighth time he has struck out at least six in a single game this year.
The offense used the long ball to their advantage, taking Tennessee's starter Zach Warren over the fence twice in the first two innings, the only home runs he has given up all year, staking Mizzou to an early 3-0 lead.
Junior SS Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) hit the first homer on a solo bomb over the Mizzou bullpen in left field during the first inning. That home run extended his hitting streak to four games and his reached base streak to seven. Howard finished the day 1-4 and is now hitting .471 in his four game hitting streak.
Sophomore C Brett Bond (St. Louis, Mo.) hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season with a two-run shot to right center field in the bottom of the second. His big fly gave Bond a new season high with 26 RBI. He followed that by doubling down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh for his ninth multi-hit game of the season.
Mizzou used small ball to finish off the Volunteers in the seventh and eighth innings. Junior OF Kirby McGuire (Round Rock, Texas) got Mizzou's first pinch-hit hit of the year on an RBI single in the seventh to tie the score at four. Tennessee took the lead once more in the eighth inning off of a solo home run to dead center, but Mizzou answered with four singles in the bottom frame to earn the 6-5 win, capped off by Harris' RBI single through the right side.
Mizzou continues its three-game series with Tennessee with game three Sunday (May 1) at 11:30 a.m. on. For all the latest on all things Mizzou Baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball and like the team on Facebook and Instagram (Mizzou Baseball).