Mizzou baseball ties the series with LSU


The Mizzou baseball team will play for a series win against LSU at Taylor Stadium on Sunday following Saturday’s 8-7 victory over the Baton Rouge Tigers.

LSU nearly staged a comeback in the ninth inning, driving three runs to make it a one-run ball game, but pitcher Ryan Magdic closed the door on his second save of the season.

Javyn Pimental got the win on the mound for the Tigers, improving to 2-2 on the season. He pitched five innings and allowed just one earned run on two hits. Pimental struckout four batters.

Head coach Kerrick Jackson’s team got off to a fast start at the dish. In the bottom of the first inning, Helias alumnus Trevor Austin and catcher Jedier Hernandez each drove in a run to take a 2-0 lead.

Mizzou led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but then the hometown Tigers seemingly blew the game open. Austin started a four-run inning with an RBI double to left center. Thanks to hits from Matt Garcia and Danny Corona, MU eventually led LSU 7-1 at the end of the fifth.

The Baton Rouge Tigers made Mizzou fans nervous in the ninth inning, when relief pitcher Carter Rustad appeared to close out the series-tying run with an 8-4 lead. He let a run go on an RBI double to right center, bringing LSU within three.

After Rustad conceded that point, Jackson pulled him and brought in Magdic to end the game. However, the left-handed pitcher promptly gave up a two-run homer, bringing LSU within one, 8-7. Despite the drama, Magdic closed out the match and earned a save.

It was an overall good day at court for Mizzou. Brock Daniels, Austin and Corona all finished with a team-high two RBI.

With the win, Jackson and company improved to 18-22 overall in 2024 and 6-11 in SEC action.

Next, the two Tiger teams will face off in the high-stakes series on Sunday, April 21. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium.