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Rain in Tennesee keeps Missouri baseball afloat

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 8:10 p.m. CDT; updated 8:15 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — Mother nature hadn't been kind to the Missouri baseball team this season. Thirteen games on the Tigers' schedule have been affected by weather through either cancellations or postponements. 

But weather-related karma has a way of working itself out, just as it did for Missouri baseball this past weekend. Georgia and Tennessee, two cellar-dwellers battling with Missouri for the 12th and final spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament, were scheduled to play a three-game series against one another this past weekend. The series offered either Eastern Division team a chance to hop Missouri in the standings.

Georgia defeated Tennessee 8-7 Friday night, but it was the only game the teams were able to play over the weekend. Steady rain on both Saturday and Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., forced the Volunteers to cancel the remaining two games, depriving either team the chance to pad their SEC records. 

The Tigers, meanwhile, did nothing to help themselves over the weekend. Missouri scored only seven runs in three games at Texas A&M, giving A&M a clean sweep of the series. The Tigers squandered a three-run lead in the ninth inning during Saturday's outing, a 6-5 loss, by committing four errors.

Despite the sweep, the Tigers still control their own fate. They will travel to Alabama (11-12 in SEC play) for a three-game series this weekend before ending the regular season against Kentucky at home the following weekend.

The SEC tournament begins May 22 in Hoover, Ala.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.


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