Missouri broke out of its recent hitting slump, but the Tigers' pitching staff had a breakdown of its own en route to an 11-8 loss to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday.
The Tigers scored runs early — three in the second inning and two in the third — but MU starting pitcher John Miles could never settle in.
Miles gave up a run to the Mastodons in the first and another in the third, then got hammered for five more in the fourth. He exited in favor of Ryan Phillips after Brandon Soat singled two runs in. Phillips proceeded to give up a two-run homer to Carter DeBoe, which tagged Miles with his seventh run surrendered and pushed IPFW's total in the inning to six.
Missouri tied the game at 8-8 in the sixth inning when Ryan Howard's RBI groundout allowed Eric Anderson to score, but Breckin Williams gave up three runs in the next inning, and the Tigers were unable to come back.
Missouri finishes its weekend slate with a 6 p.m. game Saturday against Illinois-Chicago. The Tigers were scheduled to play Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday, but that game was canceled because of impending winter weather.