COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team's losing streak in Southeastern Conference play is now in double digits. The Tigers (20-28, 6-19 SEC) lost at South Carolina 8-2 on Friday night to extend its slide in conference play to 10 games.
Missouri starter Brett Graves pitched effectively the first two innings, but the right-hander broke down after that and didn't make it out of the fifth inning. Graves allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
The Tigers' offense struggled against Gamecocks starter Jordan Montgomery. The first five batters in Missouri's order had hits — shortstop Josh Lester had two — but the bottom of the lineup went hitless.
The loss is another setback to Missouri's chances to make the SEC tournament. The top 12 teams in the 14-team league meet in Hoover, Ala., at the conclusion of the regular season. Missouri sat three games behind 12th-place Auburn and three-and-a-half games behind 13th-place Georgia at the beginning of the night.
Missouri plays South Carolina again at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The game is scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports Midwest Plus.