COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team showed no sign of carrying momentum from its road series win at Kentucky from Friday through Sunday. It showed in Tuesday's 9-0 loss to Missouri State.
With right-hander Peter Fairbanks — who got a win against the Bears at home last week — on the mound, the Tigers (17-18) had multiple chances to grab an early lead. They put men on second and third with one out in the second inning and had the same situation in the third frame, with no outs in the latter case.
But Missouri left its runners on the bases both times.
"They pitched it well, but we've still got to find a way to get it done," Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said in his postgame radio interview on KTGR.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Bears took a 1-0 lead on an RBI triple that dropped out of the reach of right fielder Logan Pearson's dive.
Missouri State chased Fairbanks with one out into the third inning on its way to scoring four runs. The Bears added three more in the fourth and another in the fifth to make the lead 9-0.
The closest Missouri came to narrowing the deficit was when the Tigers left the bases loaded in the seventh. Missouri managed only five hits in the game, despite getting 15 in its 9-4 win over the Bears on April 8.
The Tigers next face Mississippi State at home in a three-game series that starts Friday.