COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team gave up four runs in the final two innings against Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium and dropped the opener of a two-game series with the Flames 6-4.
Tigers starter Ian Berger struck out seven batters giving up four runs on five hits in seven innings pitched. He retired the first seven batters of the game and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning. Brad Buehler, who pitched the last 1 2/3 innings was given the loss.
Senior Ryan Lollis, junior Greg Folgia and freshman Ryan Gebhart each had two hits, accounting for six of Missouri’s seven hits.
Junior Aaron Senne was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the fourth inning and senior Kyle Mach followed by drawing a walk. Gebhart then singled to drive in Senne, breaking a tie at 1 and junior Michael Liberto followed with a double to center to drive in Mach, giving Mizzou a two-run lead.
The Flames cut the lead to one with a run in the top of the fifth, but Missouri scored once in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead back to two. Junior Trevor Coleman reached on a UIC error to open the Tigers’ half of the fifth and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Senne.
UIC (7-12) took moved ahead for good with a three-run eighth inning, which included a lead-off double by Tony Altavilla, a two-run single by Andy Leonard and an RBI single from Jason Ganek. The Flames added a run in the ninth to take the 6-4 win.
Missouri and UIC are set to play again at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Taylor Stadium, an hour earlier than the originally scheduled time.