Six of Missouri’s runs Monday morning came before it got its first hit.
Team Missouri (6-0) capitalized on errors and walks by Team Canada (2-4) on the fourth day of the Junior Sunbelt Classic at Mike Deak Field to stay undefeated with an 11-3 run-rule win in the bottom of the sixth.
"That was kind of our game plan to make them get into their bullpen, take a lot of pitches and it just worked out for us," Missouri coach Tom Scarbrough said.
Canada scored two runs in the top of the first, but the errors began immediately in the bottom half. Missouri’s Spencer Nivens reached after a bobbled grounder by Canada shortstop Patrick Mulligan. Nivens moved to second and third due to a pair of balks by pitcher Nicholas Woodcock. He promptly scored following an RBI groundout by Trevor Austin.
That was just the beginning, as Canada totaled six errors on the day.
Austin’s single in the bottom of the fourth gave Missouri had its first base knock, and Missouri scored four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. The winning run came off of another error in the bottom of the sixth when Parker Wright scored following an error by Canada catcher Zach Laurie.
Stephen Pursley picked up the win for Missouri, striking out six against two walks. He threw 91 pitches in six innings, allowing three runs, only one being earned. Woodcock took the loss for Canada. He walked five, allowed six runs, but only two were earned in 2.2 innings.
Missouri may remain unbeaten, but Scarbrough knows there's still more work to do. He said the coaches tell the players the tournament is the hardest after Sunday as physical and mental fatigue set in.
He thinks Missouri is responding and will be okay.
Texas 1, Georgia 0
Mississippi 5, Arizona 3
Colorado 5, Canada 3
Mississippi 5, Tennessee 2
At Eastern Oklahoma State College
Colorado 13, Oklahoma Blue 5
Tennessee 15, Oklahoma Gold 5
Missouri 3, Texas 2
Georgia 8, Oklahoma Gold 2
Oklahoma Gold 1-6
Oklahoma Blue 0-7