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MU ace Tanner Houck racks up SEC, national honors

rsugg@kcstar.com

Missouri right-hander Tanner Houck got a no-decision Saturday against No. 4 Vanderbilt at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, but his remarkable performance didn’t go unnoticed.

Houck was chosen Monday as the Southeastern Conference pitcher of the week and also was recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as one of seven Louisville Slugger national players of the week.

This honors came after Houck, a sophomore ace from Collinsville, Ill., threw nine shutout innings, scattering two hits and two walks with a career-high and SEC season-best 14 strikeouts in a 2-0, extra-inning loss against the Commodores.

Houck’s effort garnered a 95 game score and he racked up the most strikeouts since Kyle Gibson had 15 on April 3, 2009, against Oklahoma.

The Commodores only got two balls out of the infield against Houck, who was perfect through four innings and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against a Vanderbilt team that leads the SEC in runs scored.

It’s the second time Houck, who will play for USA Baseball’s collegiate national team again this summer, has won the SEC pitcher of the week honor in his career.

Mizzou, 14-12, returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Saint Louis University at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The Tigers are 1-4 all-time at Kauffman Stadium, including four losses against rival Kansas, but coach Tim Jamieson’s squad won the last meeting there in 2014 against Wichita State.

Missouri, which is 14-1 against the Billikens during Jamieson’s tenure, will send sophomore right-hander Ryan Lee, 2-1, 4.19 ERA, to the mound on Tuesday.

Lee is a 6-foot-3 graduate of Grandview High School.

The Tigers are trying to stop a six-game slide and they have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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