Mizzou downed in rain-shortened loss, unable to sweep A&M
By Darren Hellwege, KBIA Sports Director
Texas A&M couldn’t have expected when this weekend started that “pray for rain” would be their best strategy. But, after losing the first two of the three-game set against last-place Missouri, the Aggies got a break from Mother Nature when the series finale was called after seven innings with A&M getting the win, 3-2. The game was delayed for about half an hour before being officially cancelled.
The Tigers held the lead for much of the game, after giving fans excitement in both ends of the first inning. The Aggies led off the game with a one-out triple by center fielder Krey Bratsen through the right-center field gap. But what looked like a sacrifice fly to left by Jacob House instead became a double play when Mizzou outfielder Conner Mach gunned down Bratsen with a perfect throw.
The Tigers then took the lead in the bottom of the first with Eric Garcia reaching on an error and Jonah Schmidt driving him home with a double. The Tigers added another tally in the fourth, again starting with sloppy Aggie defense as Schmidt got on board on an error, was bunted to second by Blake Brown and driven home on a Jesse Santo single.
But the Tigers couldn’t hold the lead, as A&M got single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh, the first two off Tiger starter Rob Zastryzny. Although much of the game had been played in a steady rain, the umpiring crew of Michael Droll decided following the seventh to delay the game as playing conditions deteriorated to the point of being unsafe.
The loss drops Mizzou to 19-25 overall and 6-11 in conference. The Tigers next travel to Springfield to play cross-state rival Missouri State on Tuesday. The Bears beat MU in Columbia 5-2 last week. Mizzou then travels next weekend to Kansas State, and the following weekend will conclude the home schedule with a set against Texas Tech.