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No. 3 Vanderbilt trounces Missouri baseball

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 8:29 p.m. CDT; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Missouri baseball team allowed 19 hits in a 12-1 loss Saturday at No. 3 Vanderbilt. The loss is Missouri's second of the weekend, giving Vanderbilt the series win with one more game to be played Sunday.

Brett Graves, the Tigers' Saturday starting pitcher, had a rough outing for the third straight weekend, allowing nine of the Commodores' runs on 12 hits in just 4.1 innings. Over his last three starts, Graves has allowed 17 earned runs through only 12 innings.

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His counterpart, Vanderbilt's Tyler Beede, made easy work of the Missouri lineup, surrendering only one run on three hits in seven innings in his ninth win of the season in nine attempts. 

Missouri outfielder Dane Opel went 0-for-4 Saturday, putting an end to his 23-game on-base streak. Designated hitter and pitcher Keaton Steele, who had been red-hot at the plate, cooled off by going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. 

Outfielder Case Munson was the lone offensive bright spot for the Tigers. He hit the first home run of his career and went 2-for-3 at the plate. Both teams virtually emptied their benches by giving some of their nonstarters playing time once the game was clearly out of reach for the Tigers. 

With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 12-19 overall and 4-10 in the Southeastern Conference.

Freshman Alec Rash is expected to start in the series finale at 1.p.m. Sunday.


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