Bears Blank Blue Jays in Exhibition Action, 3-0
Oct. 1, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State rode another dominant effort from its mound corps Monday afternoon to register a 3-0 decision over the Ontario Blue Jays at Hammons Field for its second straight victory to begin the 2012 fall campaign. Seven MSU pitchers held the Blue Jays scoreless on five hits, and Koby Peebles had a hand in all three MSU tallies, scoring twice and driving in another run to lead the Bears' offense.
Missouri State, which defeated Drury, 4-2 Saturday in its first live action of the fall, was strong on the mound once again. The Bears fanned eight Blue Jays in all and permitted just one hit after the sixth inning.
In addition to Peebles big day at the plate, freshman outfielder Tate Matheny went 2-for-4, while Travis McComack drew a pair of walks, scored the go-ahead run and laid down a sacrifice bunt in three trips to the plate.
Missouri State broke up a scoreless duel with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth, getting an RBI-double from Peebles and a run-scoring single from Spencer Johnson to take command for good. McComack started the rally by drawing a one-out walk before Keenen Maddox flew out for the second out of the frame. Peebles came through with a gap shot to right-center to chase McComack home from first, and Johnson followed with a line-drive single to center to make it a 2-0 contest.
The Bears' pitching staff took care of the rest, as seven MSU hurlers combined to hold the Blue Jays to four hits. Junior right-hander Jake Powers started the game and retired all six hitters he faced--four via strikeouts--in an impressive two-inning stint, and junior transfer Tyler Thompson fanned a pair in two scoreless innings of his own. Thompson received a boost from his defense after yielding a lead-off single in the third, as Dylan Becker and McComack teamed up on the first to two 4-6-3 double plays on the afternoon to squash a potential Ontario rally.
MSU added to its lead in the seventh when Peebles reached via a lead-off walk, then came around on Patrick Drake's base hit to stretch the Bears' lead to three runs.
The Bears will be back in action Thursday (Oct. 4), when they open their annual Fall World Series with a 3 p.m., intrasquad matchup at Hammons Field.