Mizzou Baseball Falls in Season-Opener
AUBURN, AL -- The Mizzou baseball team dropped its 2012 season-opener at Auburn on Friday, 5-2, as Auburn starter Derek Varnadore pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits with 11 strikeouts to earn the win. That overshadowed a good start from the Tigers' Eric Anderson, who threw 6.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with no walks. Blake Brown also hit his first home run of the year in the loss.
Anderson ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the third. He allowed a leadoff double to nine-hole hitter Blake Austin but looked like he was going to get out of the inning without any damage as he retired the next two batters. But Ryan Tella laced a two-out double to right center to give Auburn a 1-0 lead. Anderson struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.
With the score knotted at 2-1 in the seventh inning, Blake Holovach - in relief of Anderson - allowed a lead-off walk that scored on a bouncing chopper over the head of Mach at third base, giving Auburn a 3-1 lead.
Holovach then retired another batter before giving way for Brett Graves who hit his first batter and then walked in a run, giving Auburn a 4-1 lead. He then walked in Simpson to score another Auburn run.
With the Tigers trailing 5-2 in the ninth, Auburn's Zack Blatt got Mizzou's Ben Turner, Dane Opel and Scott Sommerfeld in order to end the game.
Mizzou and Auburn are scheduled to play again Saturday at 3 p.m. at Plainsman Park.