Missouri baseball takes series opener at Auburn

Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 11:09 p.m. CDT

Missouri's 4-3 win over Auburn belonged to Dylan Kelly.

The Missouri senior catcher had two RBIs and made two important plays from behind the plate during Thursday's nationally televised game on ESPNU. Missouri got its record back up to .500 and ended a five-game losing streak in conference play. 

Eric Anderson got the start for Missouri (12-12, 2-5 Southeastern Conference). His control and command were not pinpoint, but the righthander had success with his breaking ball. He gave up six hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings. 

Auburn got the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when Damek Tomscha singled on an elevated breaking ball to drive Jordan Ebert home. Missouri responded in the next half inning when Kelly singled up the middle to score Josh Lester and tie the game at 1-1.

Anderson worked out of a major jam, with some help from Kelly, in the fifth inning. Auburn put runners on first and third with no outs, but Kelly threw down to second to catch Damon Haecker in a rundown, where he was eventually thrown out at first.

Anderson struck out Tomscha for the second out and induced a popout in foul ground to end the inning. 

Breckin Williams relieved Anderson with runners on first and third and one out in the sixth inning, and the first two pitches he threw were laced for RBI singles to give Auburn a 3-1 lead. 

Logan Pearson doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh, which scored Dillon Everett and Jake Ring to tie the game at three. Auburn put runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh, but Kelly threw down to third to catch Ryan Tella stealing.

Shane Segovia led off the top of the eighth with a double and advanced to third on a Ryan Howard sacrifice bunt. Kelly came up with one out, and though Terrance Dedrick put him in a 1-2 count, he lofted a fly ball to center to drive Segovia home. 

Keaton Steele rebounded from a disastrous outing last Sunday against Mississippi and threw two scoreless innings to get his sixth save of the season. 

Missouri is scheduled to face Auburn in the second game of the series Friday at 6 p.m. 

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