Posted: Mar 15, 2014 7:35 PM by Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Columbia - The Missouri Tiger baseball team fell to the Tennessee Volunteers 4-1 in game two of their Saturday doubleheader. In game one of the doubleheader, the Tigers also came up short, losing 5-1.
Dylan Kelly got the scoring started as his single knocked in Eric Anderson and gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sophomore starter Andrew Lee settled down for the Volunteers after the first inning however, yielding just three hits while striking out three over 5.2 innings of work.
Tennessee got right back into the game in the top of the second inning when first baseman Nathaniel Maggio knocked in Vincent Jackson, tying the score at 1. Anderson, who was in the starting lineup in addition to being the Tigers' starting pitcher, was excellent in his own right. He held the Volunteers to that one run in five innings.
After both teams struggled to put runs on the board in the middle innings, the Volunteers finally broke the seal in the eighth. The scoring began when Scott Price tripled home shortstop Taylor Smart. Not letting up, Tennessee added two more runs in the inning after Price scored on a past ball and Nick Senzel singled home Christian Stewart.
A three-run deficit proved to be too much for the Tiger offense to overcome as they recorded just two hits and zero runs over the final two innings of play.
These two losses drop the Tigers' overall record to 9-9 and their conference record to 1-2. They will try to regroup after getting swept in the doubleheader when they take on Milwaukee at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Stadium.