Missouri baseball loses to Kansas State 8-5

Saturday, May 7, 2011 | 10:20 p.m. CDT

The Missouri baseball team could not finish off its third-straight Big 12 series win on Saturday. The Tigers lost 8-5 to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., after beating the Wildcats 5-4 on Friday.

The Tigers (20-27, 7-12) allowed 13 hits, and junior starter Matt Stites lasted 2 2/3 innings. Stites (3-4) gave up three hits, three runs and four walks; he struck out one batter and was given the loss. He allowed all three runs in the third inning, one of which he balked in.

Down 3-0, Missouri scored its first run in the fourth inning off a solo home run by senior Jonah Schmidt, his fifth of the year. Missouri got within one run, making it 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning, after Brannon Champagne's two-RBI single.

After Kansas State (28-19, 9-13) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-3, Missouri's Conner Mach added a solo home run, his second of the year, in the top of the seventh inning. His home run made the game 7-4, but Missouri couldn't make a late rally.

On Friday, Missouri beat Kansas State 5-4, bolstered by the strong pitching performance of sophomore Eric Anderson, who won his first game of the year.

Anderson (1-0) threw 82 pitches over seven innings and allowed eight hits and four runs. Senior Phil McCormick finished off the game with a two-inning save, his fifth of the year.

Missouri concludes its three-game series with Kansas State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Manhattan, Kan.

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