Missouri baseball stymied by Florida

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:51 p.m. CDT

The Missouri baseball team continued its struggles in the Southeastern Conference by losing 7-1 at No. 6 Florida on Friday night.

Junior pitcher Brett Graves looked less than his usually stalwart self against the Gators' lineup. The right-hander threw seven innings, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out four.

The Tigers (19-22, 6-13 SEC) limited Florida to eight hits, but the Gators, who sit in first place in the SEC East, were very opportunistic in their offensive production.

Missouri had an apparent triple play called back in the second inning when the umpires ruled that first baseman Kendall Keeton did not catch a short line drive. Rather than the bases being cleared and the inning over, Florida had men on second and third. 

Peter Alonso, the next batter, proceeded to single both runs home. In all, the Gators stranded only left six of their 13 baserunners. 

Missouri had difficulty even starting any rallies of its own. Eric Anderson and Jake Ring, hitting first and second, had two hits apiece, but the rest of the order managed only two of its own. The Tigers' only run came off a wild pitch in the eighth inning. 

Anderson is scheduled to get the start when the Tigers return to action at 11 a.m. on Saturday. 

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