Missouri baseball falls to Auburn 7-3 in series finale

Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 6:44 p.m. CDT

Missouri’s loss to No. 25 Auburn on Sunday had its share of irony.

Despite having No. 1 starter Brett Graves on the mound, the Tigers, unlike in the series' first two games, were unable to silence Auburn's bats and fell 7-3.

Graves got off to a rough start, allowing three hits and a run in the first inning. Missouri (13-13, 3-6 Southeastern Conference) responded in short order, though, as RBI singles in the third inning by Logan Pearson and Dylan Kelly gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

But Auburn's bats broke out starting in the fourth inning. The home-standing Tigers put up three runs in that frame and three more in the sixth, where Graves was pulled with two outs. The junior right-hander gave up six runs on 13 hits, six more than he had allowed in any other start this year.

Alec Rash threw two solid innings in relief and Missouri got a run in the top of the ninth, but the team couldn't mount a serious comeback.

Eric Anderson added to an already successful weekend with a 2-for-5 day at the plate. Shane Segovia doubled in the fourth inning to extend his on-base streak to 20 games.    

Missouri has two neutral-site games — against Southern Illinois on Tuesday in O’Fallon and against Illinois on Wednesday at Busch Stadium — before the Tigers face Georgia in a three-game home series set to start on Friday.

Supervising editor is Sean Morrison.

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