Georgia, Mizzou split Saturday doubleheader
COLUMBIA, MO. -- After Mizzou dropped game one, 7-4, Mizzou got a complete game shutout from senior RHP Reggie McClain (Duluth, Ga.) and a grand slam from senior 1B Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.) in a 5-0 win to even the series on senior day. The rubber game of the three-game series will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
McClain pitched a gem in game two, allowing just three hits and a walk while matching a career-high with 12 strikeouts. It was his first complete game shutout against an SEC team and it came against the school with which he began his collegiate career. It was the second complete game shutout of his career and it was the first at Mizzou since Tanner Houck (Collinsville, Ill.) did so against Auburn on April 8, 2016. McClain clung to a 1-0 lead after a sixth inning homer from Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.), but Lavy gave him the insurance he needed in the eighth inning, launching a fastball over the fence for Mizzou's first grand slam since March 30, 2010, by Eric Garcia against Purdue.
In game two, McClain was outstanding through the first three innings with five strikeouts and four groundouts through the first three frames. Both starting pitchers were outstanding, allowing just two hits and a walk through five innings. After McClain turned in a shutout sixth, Mizzou finally got to UGA starter Connor Jones in the bottom of the inning as Ring launched his second home of the year, over the wall in right field, to put Mizzou in top, 1-0.
McClain was in complete control throughout the game and Lavy's grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Mizzou the cushion it needed heading into the ninth. McClain responded by striking out the side to match his career-high with 12 strikeouts. He limited UGA to just three hits and a walk in the win, his fifth of the season.