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.