Missouri baseball falls to No. 6 Texas A&M

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 11:29 p.m. CDT; updated 12:09 a.m. CDT, Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Missouri baseball team lost 8-6 to No. 6-ranked Texas A&M on Friday in College Station, Texas, after being called for a bases-loaded balk in the eighth inning.

The Tigers tied the game at 6 in the top of the eighth when junior designated hitter Dane Opel singled then scored on junior right fielder Blake Brown's single up the middle.

But Missouri let the game slip away in the bottom of the eighth.

Tigers reliever John Miles hit Aggies second baseman Scott Arthur, who advanced to third on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt. Jake Walsh then came on in relief of Miles and got the next batter to pop up for the first out of the inning. But after an intentional walk to load the bases, he was called for a balk to send in Arthur with the winning run. He walked in another run for the final margin.

Missouri sophomore starter Rob Zastryzny went 5  2/3 innings, letting up eight hits for six runs, striking out six and walking two. He left in the sixth after giving up a two-run double to Texas A&M right fielder Tyler Naquin. Miles fell to 2-1 this season after being charged with the loss.

Missouri sophomore second baseman Dillon Everett was 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and run scored. 

The Tigers (15-10, 2-2 in the Big 12) and Aggies (21-5, 3-1 Big 12) will play game two of the three-game series at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Blue Bell Ballpark in College Station. Blake Holovach will start against Texas A&M's Ross Stripling.



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