The Missouri baseball team lost to Missouri State 5-0, falling to its in-state rival on Tuesday in Springfield. The Tigers had been playing better, going 6-4 over their last 10 games and winning their last two series against Baylor and Texas A&M.
Missouri State starting pitcher Pierce Johnson (4-4) allowed four hits and struck out eight Tigers in seven innings. Missouri's Jeff Scardino (1-3) started the game and allowed one run, but he was pulled after the first inning.
The Tigers (19-26) used eight different pitchers over eight innings, none pitching more than 1 1/3 innings.
The Bears (25-17) scored a run in the first inning off a fielder's choice RBI by second baseman Kevin Madrano. Missouri State also scored twice in the third inning and once in the fourth and eighth innings.
The Tigers will look to rebound from a two-game skid when they play Kansas State (27-17) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Manhattan, Kan.