COLUMBIA — The pitcher's duel between the Missouri and Baylor baseball teams Thursday night made for a quick game. The sun had barely gone down when the game ended after two hours and 18 minutes.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Rob Zastryzny couldn't quite keep up.
First baseman Gavin Stark's home run was his first as a Tiger. It comes two weeks after he was featured on SportsCenter's top plays.
Starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny threw 124 pitches over eight innings, his second-highest pitch count of the season.
Brannon Champagne's single in the ninth inning extended his streak of reaching base safely to 20 games.
The Tigers' starting pitcher threw 124 pitches in eight innings, but it wasn't enough to outduel Baylor's Josh Turley, who threw only 88 pitches in eight and one-third innings. The Tigers lost 3-1 and fell to 3-4 in Big 12 play.
Zastryzny, who gave up four walks, said his command issues may have been related to the quick pace of the game.
"That's what happens when a game gets too fast, you start walking people," he said. "I was throwing balls trying to get people out instead of just letting them get themselves out. Walks is what killed me today."
Despite the long outing, Zastryzny was disappointed with himself.
"I've pitched kind of like a rookie these last couple weeks," Zastryzny said. "I consider myself a veteran, and I need to start pitching more like it."
All of Baylor's offense came in the sixth inning, when two walks and three well-placed hits created three runs.
"They didn’t hit a ball hard enough to get out of the infield, and we gave them the inning," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. "We created the inning for them."
The loss continues a stretch in which Missouri has lost three of its last four games, all of which were decided by less than two runs.
Jamieson said the trend has been frustrating because the Tigers have waited to rally until too late in the game. Aside from Gavin Stark's home run, the Tigers failed to move a runner past first base until the ninth inning.
"Offensively, we waited too long to make adjustments," Jamieson said. "That's what creates the loss. I get frustrated at that and not the result, because I know if we do it right, we've got a better chance to win."
The Tigers and Bears play again at 6 p.m. Friday and Blake Holovach will face Baylor's Trent Blank in a matchup of undefeated pitchers.
Baylor's winning streak extended to 12 games with Thursday's win.