Mizzou Baseball Falls to No. 2 Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE - A matchup featuring two highly touted pitching prospects turned into an offensive show as Mizzou fell 11-5 to No. 2 Vanderbilt Friday night.
Commodores starter Kevin Ziomek, a projected first-round pick, couldn't stop the Tigers from jumping out to an early lead as Dillon Kelly and Kendall Keeton both hit RBI doubles to put MU up 2-0 in the first.
But the early lead wouldn't last as Tiger starter Rob Zastryzny, coming off a complete-game shutout against Georgia last Friday, gave up a three-run homer to Connor Harrell with one out in the first.
Mizzou struck back in the second with a Case Munson two-run single to retake the lead 4-3, but Zastryzny gave up another long ball in the bottom of the frame that evened the score 4-4. A second homerun by Harrell in the bottom of the fifth gave the Commodores the lead for good.
Ziomek settled in after his rough start, going six innings and striking out six before handing the game off to the bullpen.
Vanderbilt continued to add to its lead, and chased Zastryzny from the game after just 4+ innings. Jake Walsh limited the damage to two runs in the fifth, but Vandy would get three more in the bottom of the sixth to open up a 9-4 advantage.
A Dane Opel homerun in the seventh made it 9-5, but it was two little too late for the Tigers.
The loss drops Mizzou to 4-9 in the conference, 12-18 overall. The second game of the series is Saturday at 4 p. m.