COLUMBIA — Missouri was plenty sloppy in Game 1 of its doubleheader against Tennessee on Saturday, but it wasn't the sloppiness that was the biggest problem. Tigers hitters stranded 12 base runners in a 5-1 loss..
A pair of two-out walks in the third inning loaded the bases for Missouri (9-8, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), but Sean Ullrich struck out to squash a potential rally.
Jake Ring's bunt single in the fourth brought up Eric Anderson with three men on, but the senior bounced out to short to end that threat.
Anderson was put in another bases-loaded spot in the sixth. The Vols got out of that jam, too, as Anderson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. In total, Missouri left 12 men on base.
John Miles struggled with command early in his start and gave up three earned runs on four hits, but he also had several easy frames and lasted 6 1/3 innings.
Tennessee scored two more runs in the eighth to pad its lead. Both were unearned, as Josh Lester misses a popup in shallow left and Ring mishandled a single in shallow center. The runners reached second on both plays, and a pair of singles allowed by Peter Fairbanks scored them.
The second game of the doubleheader started at 4:35 p.m.