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Missouri baseball loses its first game in season's opening weekend

Saturday, February 19, 2011 | 8:23 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team lost to USC 9-3 on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The Tigers (1-1) allowed 14 hits, used six pitchers and committed three errors in the loss. Missouri only left four runners on base, while USC stranded 12.

Missouri freshman starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny (0-1) allowed three runs in the second inning off of three straight hits. Zastryzny allowed five hits, five runs (three earned), walked one, hit two batters and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings.

Missouri scored all three of its runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut USC's lead in half, making it 6-3. Sophomore outfielder Blake Brown and senior third baseman Jesse Santo each drove in a run with back-to-back doubles. Santo was doubled home by senior outfielder Jonah Schmidt after a ground out.

USC added one run in the bottom of the fifth and scored three more in the eighth.

The Tigers will finish their weekend in Los Angeles when they face North Carolina at noon CST on Sunday.


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