Missouri baseball swept by Baylor after blowing lead

Saturday, April 7, 2012 | 5:27 p.m. CDT; updated 8:44 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Missouri pitcher Jeff Emens throws the ball Saturday at Taylor Field. Emens pitched three and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. The Missouri Tigers lost to the Baylor Bears 12-7.

COLUMBIA — After Missouri baseball's game against Baylor on Saturday, Missouri coach Tim Jamieson was encouraged by his team's nine two-out hits throughout the game.

"Good teams score runs with two outs," he said. 

Game notes

Missouri center fielder Brannon Champagne extended his streak of reaching base safely to 22 games, going 3-5 with three singles. 

Because of Baylor's travel curfew, Saturday's game was ended after eight innings. 

With the win, Baylor stays undefeated in Big 12 play and extends its winning streak to 14 games. 

A moment later, when it was pointed out that Baylor had 10 hits after two outs, he conceded that it had also been a weakness for the Tigers.

"Good teams stop teams from getting two-out hits," Jamieson said with a chuckle.

Although Missouri got off to a much better start at the plate than it had in the previous two games against Baylor, its pitching staff failed to hold a four-run lead, and the Tigers lost 12-7 to complete the Baylor sweep. 

Missouri (16-14, 3-6) imploded after Baylor's four-run rally against John Miles and Jake Walsh in the sixth inning, which was capped off by a game-tying home run by Josh Ludy. Baylor (25-7, 12-0) led off the next inning with a home run, and Baylor never gave up the lead after that.

The loss served as a reminder of how badly Missouri has struggled since its No. 1 starting pitcher, Eric Anderson, was sidelined by an elbow injury on March 9. 

Over the past month, Jamieson has tried several pitchers in the third spot in the rotation but has yet to find a permanent replacement.

"When Eric left our rotation, it had an effect on everything we do," he said. "Guys haven't stepped up like we need them to."

Missouri second baseman Dillon Everett acknowledged that the lack of pitching depth has made for some unpredictable series' finales.

"You kind of have to put together a pitching staff and so do they, so sometimes it's a dog fight," he said. 

Anderson will start throwing again on Monday, but there is no set timetable for his return. 

The Tigers will have two chances to break their four-game losing streak before next weekend's series at Oklahoma. Missouri will host Arkansas-Little Rock at 4 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to take on Illinois at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

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