Mizzou baseball struggles at Texas A&M, fighting to make SEC tourney

By John Guminski

The Missouri baseball team endured another tough weekend, dropping all three games to Texas A&M (25-22, 10-13 Southeastern Conference) in College Station, Texas.

The Tigers struggled at the plate, hitting .194 for the weekend and leaving 25 runners on base. They also committed six errors in the field, with four coming in the ninth inning of the Saturday game.

The sweep moved Missouri (15-28, 7-17) in the wrong direction if they hope to make the conference tournament. Missouri has six games remaining on its SEC schedule with three at Alabama and three at home against Kentucky.

Fighting for the last four slots in the SEC tournament:

SEC Record SEC Games Remaining
Kentucky 10-14 6
Texas A&M 10-13 6
Auburn 9-15 6
Missouri 7-17 6
Tennessee 6-16 6
Georgia 5-16 6

The bottom two teams in the conference will not make the SEC Tournament, but Missouri holds the tiebreaker over Tennessee because of their head-to-head record.

Game Recaps

Friday: Texas A&M 2, Missouri 1
Missouri was unable to capitalize on a strong performance by pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the first game. Zastryzny scattered seven hits and two runs in his eight innings of work, but was out-dueled by Texas A&M starter Daniel Mendgen, who allowed just two hits and one run over eight innings.

The Tigers’ only run came in the first inning when Drew Pearson scored on a Mengden wild pitch. The Tigers sent six hitters to the plate in the first, but couldn’t figure out Mendgen for the rest of the game.

Missouri had one last chance to tie the game in the ninth inning, but Case Munson struck out with the tying run on second base.

Saturday: Texas A&M 6, Missouri 5
For Missouri, Josh Lester hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning and Shane Segovia, a resident of nearby Sinton, Texas, knocked in the other two runs on a two-out single in the seventh inning.  Missouri lead 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, but the Tigers committed four errors in the field, allowing three runs to score and the Aggies to walk off with a victory.

Dane Opel earned the No. 1 spot in Sports Center’s Top 10 plays, leaning over the right field wall to rob the Aggies of a home run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAxP9GQWeaI

Sunday: Texas A&M 4, Missouri 1
The Tigers opened the scoring once again in the first inning with a Dylan Kelly RBI single, but couldn’t muster any offense for the rest of the game. Eric Anderson picked up his second loss of the season (0-2), scattering six hits and allowing two runs over 4.2 innings.

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