Missouri State defeated Missouri 5-1 on Tuesday night to complete its second sweep of the Tigers in three years.
After losing 5-3 on April 18 at Taylor Stadium, Missouri traveled to Springfield, Mo., looking for revenge. They did not find it.
For the second time this season, Andy Toelken started against the Bears and had mild success through the first three innings. He kept the score tied at zero to give Missouri a chance but solo home runs in both the fourth and fifth innings ended his day.
Steve Bieser used star freshman reliever T.J. Sikkema for the first time in a midweek game since March 28, but the lefty gave up a three-run homer in the eighth to shrink any chance of a Missouri comeback.
The Tigers' offense apparently arrived late to Springfield — scoring its only run in the ninth. Missouri registered only four hits in the game and went a combined 1-for-8 with runners on base.
Missouri has now lost six of its last eight ahead of the last four conference series of the season. The Tigers only have two more weekday non-conference games, so any final push for an NCAA regional bid will have to come against SEC opponents.
Former Big 12 colleague Texas A&M comes to Columbia this weekend for the first time since joining the SEC. Tanner Houck's first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.