The pitching staff had been strong for the struggling Missouri baseball team this season, but that wasn't the case in a three-game shellacking at No. 3 Vanderbilt this weekend. The Commodores finished their sweep of the Tigers on Sunday with a 16-4 victory in which all five Missouri pitchers allowed earned runs.
The Tigers showed resilience early in the game but ultimately couldn't contain the Commodores' stacked lineup. After falling behind 4-0 after two innings, Missouri drew within a run after a two-out rally in the fourth inning, generated by three runs on four singles and a Vanderbilt throwing error.
But things fell apart for the Tigers in the bottom of the inning when pitchers Keaton Steele and John Miles allowed a total of six runs, five earned, putting the game out of reach in an instant.
Steele, last week's Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, was victimized worse Sunday in his second start of the season. He allowed eight earned runs on eight hits in only 3.2 innings, including a double, triple and home run.
With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 4-11 in Southeastern Conference play and 12-20 overall. Missouri will look to turn things around Tuesday when it returns home after its eight-game road trip to face in-state rival Missouri State on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers edged the Bears in Springfield last week by a score of 5-4.