WINTER HAVEN, FLA. — Missouri-St. Louis took advantage of a three-error eighth inning by Grand Valley State to score two runs en route to a 5-3 victory against the 17th-ranked Lakers on Sunday during the RussMatt Central Florida Tournament.
Seniors Trevor Nathanson reached first on a one-out Lakers error before a single from senior Charlie Mohr. Another fielding error, followed by a throwing error, allowed both players to cross the plate with junior Michael Budka getting credited for an RBI on the play.
Grand Valley State (4-4) finished with six errors in the contest, which led to five unearned UMSL runs. The Tritons improved to 3-5 with the victory.
UMSL took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when senior Drew Standefer scored courtesy of a Lakers throwing error.
Grand Valley State plated two runs in the top of the fourth before an RBI single from senior John Pilackas in the bottom half of the frame made it 2-2.
Junior Paul Richmond then led off the seventh inning with a single and later scored on a wild pitch to put UMSL on top 3-2. However, the Lakers used two hits to score one run in the eighth inning to tie it at three.
Junior Nolan Clayton recorded the win on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Senior Kyle Renaud picked up his third save of the season, retiring all three batters faced in the ninth.
Mohr finished with two of UMSL’s four hits and scored two runs.