COLUMBIA — This week in Missouri sports, the Missouri baseball and softball teams had very different experiences at weekend series. The baseball team was swept by Texas A&M, and Missouri softball team won two games against No. 2 Tennessee.
Missouri baseball's offense continues to struggle in weekend sweep
Setting the stage for the team's continuing struggles this past week, Missouri lost its final nonconference game of the season 9-7 against Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday night. The Redhawks are ranked 231st nationally, according to the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index.
In the first of a three-game weekend series, the Tigers lost 2-1 to Texas A&M on Friday in College Station, Texas. The Aggies took the lead in the second inning and held on to it for the rest of the game, despite a strong performance from junior pitcher Rob Zastryzny.
Missouri continued to struggle in the second game, falling 6-5 to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers committed four errors and gave up three runs in the ninth inning.
Sunday's 4-1 loss secured the series sweep for Texas A&M in College Station. The Tigers mustered just six hits in the game and now stand a 15-28 (7-17 SEC).
Missouri softball faces highs, lows at weekend series
Missouri softball fared considerably better in its weekend series against No.2 Tennessee. Ace Chelsea Thomas pitched a no-hitter against the Volunteers in the first of a three-game series on Saturday. The Tigers went on to win 2-0, and Thomas now has 14 no-hitters, including four perfect games, in her five years at Missouri.
However, Saturday's second game didn't go as well for Missouri. The Tigers were run-ruled in the fifth inning to end the game 10-1 Tennessee.
The Tigers defeated the Volunteers 12-8 Sunday to secure the series win. The game was the last of the regular season for Missouri and its graduating seniors.
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