SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Matt Hall struck out 11 over eight innings and Missouri State advanced to the championship round of the Springfield Regional with a 5-3 win over Iowa on Saturday night.
Justin Paulsen, whose long drive down the right-field line was ruled foul in the second, broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with an RBI single. Spencer Johnson and Jake Burger also had RBI singles in the inning, putting the Bears (47-10) up to stay.
Hall (11-2) scattered seven hits, and the Bears overcame three errors, including a pair of throwing miscues that helped put Iowa ahead 2-0 in the second.
Hall didn’t allow a runner to reach second after the third inning, retiring 15 of his final 19 batters. Bryan Young allowed an RBI double in the ninth, but got the save.
Reliever Ryan Erickson (4-1) took the loss for Iowa (40-17), which plays Oregon in an elimination game Sunday.