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Missouri baseball team ends homestand with loss to Central Arkansas

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 7:14 p.m. CDT; updated 11:23 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Junior Kyle Barbeck hurls a pitch towards Central Arkansas outfielder Jonathan Davis in the second of a two-game series at Taylor Stadium on Wednesday. Central Arkansas beat Missouri 8-2.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team lost 8-2 to Central Arkansas on Wednesday in the final game of a two-game series at Taylor Stadium that ended a 20-game homestand.

The Tigers (15-9) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run from  junior shortstop Eric Garcia, his first of the season. Central Arkansas, however, tied it with left fielder Ethan Harris' two-out home run in the third.

The Bears (11-11) moved ahead 3-1 in the fourth when Missouri starting pitcher Brett Graves gave up a pair of hits for one run, and a wild pitch and passed ball allowed another. Graves, who struck out three, walked three and let up three hits for three runs in four innings, fell to 1-2 with the loss.

Even though Missouri managed 11 hits in the game, senior third baseman Conner Mach had the Tigers' only other RBI with a single to drive in Brannon Champagne in the fifth. Champagne had reached base with a single to right to extended the junior center fielder's on-base streak to 16 games. Both hits came with two outs.

Missouri goes back on the road this weekend for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Texas A&M. The first game is set for a 6:35 p.m. start at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas.


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