Missouri baseball season ends with loss to Louisville

Sunday, June 3, 2012 | 10:03 p.m. CDT; updated 10:56 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 3, 2012

After surviving an elimination game Saturday night, the Missouri baseball team couldn't survive another one Sunday.

The Tigers lost to Louisville 11-3, and their season came to an end at the NCAA Tucson Regional. 

Missouri got off to a rough start after pitcher Dusty Ross allowed three runs in the first inning. But the Tigers were able to claw back into the game, and cut the Cardinals' lead to 4-3 in the fifth inning. 

Louisville scored three runs in the sixth inning, and continued to pour on runs while the Missouri offense failed to get any more runs across the plate.

Scott Sommerfeld, Eric Garcia and Blake Brown all had two hits for Missouri in the loss.

The fact that Missouri was still playing this week was a surprise to many. Missouri qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Big 12 tournament last weekend. The Tigers very likely would not have qualified if they didn't win the conference title.

Next season, the Missouri baseball team will begin play in the Southeastern Conference. Three SEC schools — Florida, South Carolina and Arkansas — won their regionals Sunday.

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