Missouri offense struggles in loss to South Carolina

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8:50 p.m. CDT; updated 10:05 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 10, 2014

Missouri sophomore pitcher Peter Fairbanks turned in a strong performance on the mound, but the Tigers' hitters could not pick him up as Missouri lost 3-1 at South Carolina on Saturday. The loss was Missouri's 11th straight in Southeastern Conference play. 

The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when No. 2 hitter Josh Lester homered off Gamecocks starter Jack Wynkoop in the first inning. The home run was Lester's first of the year.

It would also be Missouri's only run of the game. South Carolina scored two runs in the third inning, one on an RBI groundout and the other coming off a throwing error from Tigers third baseman Ryan Howard. 

The Gamecocks added another run in the sixth on an RBI single. Fairbanks allowed10 hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched, but only one, a double by D.C. Arendas, was for extra bases. Two of the three runs Fairbanks allowed were unearned. 

Missouri finishes up its series with South Carolina on Sunday with a game scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. 

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