Misner’s dingers fueled Tigers in 5-4 win

Drew McDonald, Sports Editor

As both teams went back and forth throughout the game, Junior Kameron Misner connected on two homers to set the Tigers up for their first win of the season.

The Ospreys came up short in the 5-4 loss to Missouri. Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics

Misner got the Tigers on the board early in the first inning with an RBI double to center, scoring Sophomore Mark Vierling to put the Tigers up, 1-0.

The Ospreys quickly countered in the bottom of the first as Senior Jay Prather plated two on an RBI single to center, giving the Ospreys a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the second, Junior Austin James scored on a wild pitch to tie the game back at two.

Misner followed up in the top of the third with a tape-measure home run to right field as the Tigers led, 3-2.

Junior Tanner May recorded his first hit as an Osprey in the bottom of the third with a double down the left field line, scoring two for an Ospreys 4-3 lead.

Junior Brandon Reitz was the starting pitcher for the Ospreys and was taken out after pitching four innings of work and allowing three earned runs.

Misner showed his strength by muscling an opposite-field solo homer to tie the game at four in the top of the fifth.

The Ospreys struggled to score from then on as the Tigers bullpen pitched five shutout innings. In total, the Ospreys left 13 men on base in the 5-4 loss.

Junior Peter Zimmerman lined a double to left field for an RBI double in the top of the sixth that scored one to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

The Ospreys were unable to score after that as the Tigers eventually won, 5-4.

UNF Baseball Manager Tim Parenton talked to the Spinnaker about his postgame thoughts following the 5-4 loss.

“I’m disappointed, we had a lot of chances and we just didn’t perform to the way I think we can but it’s early in the year. No one wins every game in baseball and I tell the guys that the goal in baseball is to win every weekend,” Coach Parenton said.

Sophomore Konnor Ash earned his first win of the season for the Tigers, hurling three shutout innings and only allowing two hits.

Michaelis was hooked with the loss after 2.2 innings of work allowing two earned runs.

Junior T.J. Sikkema earned his first save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out one.

The Tigers and Ospreys are now both 1-1 and they will finish their series on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.

Worth Noting

Redshirt-Junior Eddie Miller pitched 2.1 shutout innings of relief for the Ospreys, allowing only two hits and struck out two.

Redshirt-Senior Wes Weeks recorded four hits in the game, he is now 8-9 in his first nine at-bats of the 2019 season.

In total, the Ospreys left 13 men on base in the 5-4 loss.


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