Missouri baseball gives up early leads, falls to third-ranked Vanderbilt

Friday, April 12, 2013 | 10:42 p.m. CDT; updated 4:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Missouri baseball team fell to No. 3 Vanderbilt 11-5 on Friday in Nashville, Tenn.

Missouri started the game with a walk by Case Munson, who Dane Opel then sacrificed to second. Dylan Kelly and Kendall Keeton hit back-to-back, two-out doubles, giving Missouri a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

But Missouri pitcher Rob Zastryzny struggled in the bottom of the inning, allowing a double to Vanderbilt's Xavier Turner and a one-out walk to Conrad Gregor. Connor Harrell hit a three-run home run to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 lead at the end of the first inning.

The Tigers answered with Munson driving in two runs at the top of the second, but Kyle Smith answered right back with another home run for Vanderbilt to tie the game at 4.

Missouri's Jake Walsh entered the game after Zastryzny allowed back-to-back doubles and another home run to Harrell in the fifth. It was Zastryzny's sixth loss of the season.

Although he stranded Zastryzny's runner on third, Walsh allowed three more runs in the sixth, giving Vanderbilt a 9-4 lead heading into the seventh. The Commodores shut out the Tigers from there except for Opel's home run in the seventh.

The Tigers (12-18, 4-9 Southeastern Conference) play at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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