MU Baseball Falls To Baylor

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WACO, Tex. -- Despite receiving a boost in the form of four hits from junior Conner Mach, the Missouri Tigers failed in their bid to record their first series win in Big 12 play, losing on the road to Baylor, 6-3.

The fifth inning proved deadly to the Tigers as freshman starter Rob Zastrynzy exited after recording only one out in the frame. Zastrynzy earned the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings.

Mach was the bright spot for Mizzou, finishing only a triple shy of the cycle with a home run and two RBIs. His only mistake came in the first inning, when he dropped a routine fly ball that allowed Baylor's Chris Slater to score from third. In Mach's defense, it was only his second career start in left field.

Blake Brown, Eric Garcia, Jonah Schmidt and Ben Turner provided the other five hits for Missouri, now 15-23 on the season and 3-10 in the Big 12. Reliever Jeff Emens relieved Zastrynzy and pitched a solid 3.2 innings while allowing just one earned run.

Baylor's Logan Verrett picked up the win after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out seven. He is now 4-4 on the season.

Baylor took a 2-0 lead on the Tigers after an RBI single by Landis Ware, but Mach uncorked a two-run home run in the top of the third that also plated freshman CJ Jarvis. The Bears were notched with Mizzou at a 2-2 tie in the fifth before reeling off a four-run inning to take the lead, 6-2.

Saturday's series finale will see Matt Stites get the start for Mizzou at noon.