COLUMBIA — With staff ace Blake Holovach on the mound, the Missouri baseball team went into Friday's game against Baylor looking to snap a two-game losing streak and move back up to a .500 record in conference play.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Baylor had a beaver to feed.
Baylor (24-7, 11-0) extended its win streak to 13 with a 5-3 victory over Missouri on Friday night behind its rallying cry, "feed the beaver."
The slogan began as a tribute to a beaver from the Brazos River that visits the parking lot of Baylor's stadium every day to eat acorns. As the Bears have continued their hot streak, fans have paid tribute with a Twitter account, and players adopted the phrase as they arrived in Columbia for the team's first road series.
While the Bears continued their hot streak, the Tigers (16-13, 3-5) fell to 1-4 in their last five games, which were against Texas A&M and Baylor, two of the Big 12's best teams. All five games have been decided by two runs or less.
The close finishes haven't brought any comfort to Missouri coach Tim Jamieson.
"These last two nights, we just had so many opportunities to score runs," Jamieson said. "I think you look at it as, we're making the game too hard. It doesn't have to be that hard."
For the second straight night, the Tigers got off to a slow start offensively, making only one hit through the first four innings.
In the last five innings combined, Missouri scored three runs while stranding 10 runners on base, including two innings where they left the bases loaded.
"You don't get it done one time, that gives momentum to the other team," Jamieson said. "You don't get it done multiple times, then the guys at the plate start to doubt."
Missouri will have one more chance to figure out Baylor on Saturday, when senior Jeff Emens will make his second start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.