No. 8 Vanderbilt overpowers No. 14 Mizzou
NASHVILLE - The No. 14 Mizzou baseball team fell to No. 8 Vanderbilt, 9-2, on Friday night in the three-game series opener. The Tigers dropped to 26-16 on the season and 12-7 in the SEC. Junior right-handed pitcher Reggie McClain picked up the loss in his shortest outing of the season (2.2 innings), giving up eight runs on nine hits.
Vanderbilt's Rhett Wiseman hit a solo home-run in the first while an error and some wild pitches lead to an RBI single from Karl Ellison in the second to give the Commodores a 2-0 lead. In the third, Vandy added six more runs including a pair of two-run home-runs from Zander Weil and Jeren Kendell. Freshman Lake Dabney came in to relieve McClain and stop the bleeding for the Tigers. He would pitch into the seventh inning, only allowing one unearned run and striking out three.
The Tigers would get on the board in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a RBI single by junior Josh Lester and a ground-rule, RBI double from junior Zach Lavy.
Game two will be Saturday at noon CT on SEC Network+ with Mizzou's Tanner Houck on the mound. The game was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT, but was moved up because of inclement weather.