COLUMBIA — Missouri right-hander Peter Fairbanks threw 12 pitches in the 11th inning. Only three of the pitches were strikes, and Mississippi State took advantage.
The Bulldogs scored two 11th-inning runs and the Tigers had little response.
Mississippi State completed the three-game sweep of Missouri with Sunday’s 9-7 win in 11 innings.
“They’re a better bullpen than we were,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said on KTGR radio after the game.
Mississippi State trailed 7-3 after six innings but responded to force two extra frames. Missouri went to its bullpen to start the seventh inning, and the bullpen allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings.
“I don’t feel very good about it,” Jamieson said of the bullpen in his postgame press conference. “We gave up too many runs.”
Fairbanks took the loss. Right-hander Ben Bracewell was the winning pitcher for Mississippi State.
It is the sixth loss for the Missouri’s bullpen of the team’s 12 SEC losses. Missouri is 0-3 in extra-inning games.
Missouri’s baseball team practices on Thursday March 6, 2014, in front of the newly built McArtor Baseball Facility, part of a $4.5 million renovation to Taylor Stadium.
COLUMBIA— On a warm and bright Thursday before their home opener, Missouri’s baseball team practiced at Taylor Stadium. Though the team was just 4-6 on the young season, excitement was in the air.
Over the past 10 months Taylor Stadium has been undergoing $4.5 million in improvements as part of a series of renovations the University of Missouri is completing in its move to the Southeastern Conference. The new McArtor Baseball Facility will be the center of those renovations, and by Thursday, the project had become almost a reality.
The facility was designed to give the team a place to hang out and call home, and once complete, the Tigers will be Read more of this post
Corrections: Missouri’s opponent was Southern Mississippi, not Mississippi State. The caption of a photo incorrectly identifies the player making a put-out. The correct player is Southern Mississippi’s Nick Dawson. KBIA Sports regrets the errors.
The Missouri Tigers committed six errors and were held to four hits in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Southern Mississippi.
The Tigers came into Sunday’s matchup already having clenched the series, recording victories over Southern Miss on Friday (4-1) and Saturday (6-4).
“We didn’t really have that killer instinct you need after winning two games,” coach Tim Jamieson said. “We played as poorly as you can play and still be in the game.”
Missouri junior Brett Peel leads off first base as a pinch runner while Southern Mississippi relief pitcher Bradley Roney delivers a pitch in the ninth inning Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. It was Peel’s first game since breaking a bone in his left hand Feb. 15, 2014.
Missouri relief pitcher Austin Tribby delivers a pitch during the fifth inning on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Tribby entered the game with the bases loaded and recorded two outs without allowing a run.
Missouri sophomore Josh Lester is tagged out attempting to steal second base by Southern Mississippi second baseman Nick Dawson on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Southern Mississippi beat Missouri 2-1.
The Tigers saw a solid start from pitcher Eric Anderson, who pitched four innings and recorded four strikeouts; the most Anderson has had since Feb. 24, 2012. Anderson also batted Read more of this post
COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team clinched its first series win of the season Saturday.
Missouri beat Southern Mississippi 6-4 in the second game of the three-game series. Missouri won Friday’s series opener 4-1.
Missouri freshman shortstop Ryan Howard (8) prepares to swing during a sixth-inning at bat as Southern Mississippi catcher Chuckie Robinson waits for the pitch Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Howard went 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Missouri senior first baseman Kendall Keeton dives back to first base as Southern Mississippi first baseman Tim Lynch waits for the pickoff attempt in the sixth inning on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Taylor Stadium. Lynch tagged Keeton out on the play to end the inning. Missouri beat Southern Mississippi 6-4.
Missouri starting pitcher John Miles delivers a pitch during the first inning against Southern Mississippi on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Miles earned the win by going 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs, two earned runs, five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
“Winning series, it’s awesome,” Missouri center fielder Jake Ring said. “It’s what’s expected. Read more of this post
Missouri’s baseball coaches experimented with moving Dillon Everett, shown at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, from the infield to the outfield this season. But an injury to second baseman Brett Peel caused Everett to return to the infield before the end of the season’s second game. Photo by Erik Hall.
Dillon Everett started 112 games as an infielder for the Missouri baseball team entering his senior year. This year, Missouri coach Tim Jamieson asked Everett to try something new — move to the outfield. KBIA’s Erik Hall tells us how Everett handled the transition during Missouri’s opening weekend. Length: 2:11.
Auburn starting pitcher Conner Kendrick throws a pitch during the fifth inning of Auburn’s 3-1 win at Taylor Stadium on Friday April 26, 2013.
Starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny knows that he is the person to blame when things go wrong.
“He didn’t get a hold of me, I let him get a hold of me.” Zastryzny said.
Zastryznyis referring to Auburn’s first basemen Garrett Cooper, who hit the second of his two solo home runs on an 0-2 breaking ball that was over the middle of the plate.
Zastryzny allowed three runs while striking out eleven batters, but the home runs were the difference maker in the 2-run loss
“You can make any hitter good and that’s what I did today.” Zastryzny continued. “I’ll take this one on me. It’s really frustrating and knowing this was a team we needed to beat to we needed to beat to get to the tournament, it hurts a little more. I’m sure Brett Graves will pick me up tomorrow because that’s what he does.”
The Missouri baseball team
fought all the way back, only to let the game slip away in a
disastrous ninth inning against San Francisco (6-8) on Saturday.
Missouri (3-7) forged a late-game comeback, but also committed
several costly errors that led to an 8-3 loss in the second game of
the weekend series. The visiting Dons plated five runs in a
decisive top of the ninth, a mere half inning after the Tigers
evened the game at 3-3 in the eighth inning. San Francisco’s sudden
rally began when Missouri third baseman Keaton Steele fielded a
bunt by USF’s No. 8 batter Jourdan Weiks and rushed a throw to
first base, which traveled past first baseman Michael McGraw and up
the baseline. Weiks pulled in at second, while USF first baseman
Brendan Hendriks (who singled to begin the ninth) reached third
base – all with no outs. “I picked the ball up, threw it and missed
it,” Steele said. “Bad throw on my part. I overshot the left side,
I didn’t want to throw to the right side and get him (Missouri
second baseman Kendall Keeton) killed by the runner (USF’s
Hendriks, approaching second base on the play) going down. But
that’s baseball. That happens.”
Missouri starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny delivers a pitch during the third inning of Friday’s game against San Francisco. Zastryzny went on to throw the Missouri pitching staff’s first complete game of the season, pitching nine innings while allowing six innings and just two runs – both of which came in the first inning.Photos by Zach Garcia
Going into tonight’s game, starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny had been struggling to find his command and the numbers have shown it. His season line stood at 0-2 with an earned run average of 6.75. Heralded as the Tiger’s ace, he knew that he needed to improve.
Early on, it looked like things wouldn’t change for Rob Z. A trio of doubles had the Tigers down 2-0 in the first inning. From there on out, the Tiger’s ace pitched eight innings of scoreless baseball, allowing two hits and striking out nine.
Emotions were high and Missouri’s ace delivered.
“In my mind, I was zoned in more than I had ever been in my life,” Zastryzny said. “It was time for me to stop what I was doing. I just need to rebuild off what I did today and do it for the rest of the season.”
After throwing 25 pitches in the first inning, Zastryzny finished the game with 112, 77 for strikes. The complete game was the first for Zastryzny since April 2012 against Texas Tech. Coach Tim Jamieson was very happy with the way “Rob Z” battled.
Members of the University of Missouri baseball team spent part of this week trying to clear snow from Simmons Field in hopes of getting in the three-game series with Northwestern. But after many hours on the field and barely making a bent in the amount of snow, the series was canceled, with no plans to reschedule the games.
Missouri’s home field is covered under more than foot of snow, which fell during the two large winter storms that hit the Columbia area in the past week. The team joined members of the Mizzou athletics facilities operations department in helping to begin clearing snow from the field on Wednesday, but about two hours of work only amounted to clearing a small portion of center field.
Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson said Wednesday that the field may be playable by the beginning of next week, keeping hope alive for scheduled games against Eastern Michigan on March 5 and 6.
Missouri has opened the season with an 0-6 record following two rough weekends on the road against Southern Mississippi and Memphis.