COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A strong day at the plate for Mizzou Baseball [23-21, 6-14] gave the team a victory over Tennessee, 8-3, to complete the three-game sweep Sunday (May 1) at Taylor Stadium. Freshman LHP Michael Plassmeyer (St. Louis, Mo.) earned his fourth win of the season thanks to an impressive offensive performance that saw seven batters score a run, including two on a long fifth-inning home run by senior 1B Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.).
Plassmeyer had a solid day on the mound, allowing only 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Redshirt sophomore Cole Bartlett (Williamsburg, Ind.) and senior LHP Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) finished off the game without allowing another run. Tribby was particularly effective, striking out four batters in 2.0 innings pitched.
Tennessee gained a 1-0 lead on a third inning sac fly, but Mizzou responded quickly by taking the lead on a bases loaded, two-RBI single in the fourth inning from freshman 3B Ian Nelson (Lake St. Louis, Mo.). Junior RF Kirby McGuire (Round Rock, Texas) knocked in a sac fly before the Lavy home run and a three-run outburst in the sixth inning capped off Mizzou's strong day at the plate. SS Ryan Howard added a two-run single in the sixth inning as part of a three-run inning as Mizzou put the game away thanks to the strong bullpen work by Bartlett and Tribby.
Mizzou will play Illinois for one game on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in Sauget, Ill., at GCS Ballpark. For all the latest on all things Mizzou Baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MizzouBaseball and like the team on Facebook and Instagram (Mizzou Baseball).