Mizzou Baseball Drops Season Opener

4 years 1 month 4 days ago February 15, 2013 Feb 15, 2013 Friday, February 15 2013 Friday, February 15, 2013 6:44:00 PM CST in Tiger Talk

HATTIESBURG, MS -- The Missouri Tigers baseball team opened its season Friday with a 5-2 loss to non-conference foe Southern Mississippi.

Mizzou sent junior left-hander Rob Zastryzny to the mound while the Golden Eagles countered with senior right-hander and preseason All-American Andrew Pierce.

USM struck first, but newcomer Keaton Steele tied the game for MU in the top of the third with an RBI single. USM retook the lead on a two-run single after Zastryzny walked back-to-back batters to start the sixth inning and then broke the game open in the seventh with two unearned runs to take a 5-1 lead.

Mizzou managed to get a run back through Kendall Keeton's ninth-inning RBI single, but the rally fell short.

Keaton went 3-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored and highly-touted freshman Alec Rash, a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched a perfect eighth in his college debut, striking out the first batter he faced.

Mizzou and USM play the second game of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m.

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