A bullpen collapse in the top of the ninth inning undid a comeback Missouri had made after finding themselves in a five-run deficit as the Tigers lost 11-5 to Cincinnati in their final game of the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.
For most of his start, Bearcats right-hander Andrew Zellner kept the Missouri offense in the hapless state it was in during the Tigers' shutout loss to Wake Forest on Saturday. Missouri didn't have a baserunner until the fifth inning, when Dylan Kelly cranked an opposite-field home run, the teams' first of the season.
The Tigers were still down 5-1 at that point, but they started to figure out Zellner in the next inning, as back-to-back walks by Jake Ring and Dillon Everett and a double by Josh Lester gave the Tigers their second run. Shane Segovia doubled to score Lester and Everett on the next at-bat. Kendall Keeton followed with another double to score Segovia and tie the game.
Both teams went scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings. Peter Fairbanks entered for Missouri in the ninth, and while he struck out the first Cincinnati batter on three pitches, he unraveled against subsequent hitters.
Russell Clark singled, then advanced to second on an error and to third on a wild pitch. Two more walks loaded the bases, and Ian Happ hit a two-out infield single to drive in the go-ahead run. Fairbanks walked a run in after that, then gave up a single to allow two more to score.
The Bearcats got six runs in all in the ninth and set the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the frame to wrap up the win.
With the loss, Missouri is 3-3 on the season. The Tigers will stay in North Carolina for two more games—against Liberty on Tuesday and Campbell on Wednesday in Cary—before they travel back to Columbia for their home opener, scheduled for Friday against Illinois-Chicago.