COLUMBIA — Missouri baseball was strong on the mound but weak at the plate Tuesday as the Tigers lost 2-1 to Liberty in Cary, N.C.
Griffin Goodrich made his season debut on the mound for Missouri, and the sophomore right-hander was effective for much of his outing.
Goodrich held Liberty scoreless through his first five innings and exited in the sixth after allowing two singles and a sacrifice fly that put a runner on third base. Austin Tribby, Goodrich's replacement, threw a pitch that resulted in a groundout, but the Flames got their first run in the process. Ryan Phillips got the final out of the inning for the Tigers.
Missouri struggled against Liberty starter Blake Fulghum for most of the game, managing to score their sole run in the seventh inning when Eric Anderson drove Kendall Keeton home with a sacrifice fly.
The Flames countered in the next inning as they put runners on first and third base and Dalton Britt singled the go-ahead run home.
Fulghum exited after walking Sean Ullrich to lead off the eighth inning, but Ashton Perritt proceeded to neatly take care of the Tigers to get the save.
The loss is Missouri's third in a row, and the Tigers' record is now 3-4. They finish their North Carolina road trip Wednesday with a game against Campbell at 11:10 a.m. Missouri returns to Columbia for its home opener Friday night against Illinois-Chicago.