Feb. 24, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Mizzou baseball team spoiled a great effort from junior starter Eric Anderson as it fell, 3-1, on Friday afternoon (Feb. 24) to San Francisco. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 2-2 on the season. Anderson went 7.1 innings and allowed just seven hits and one walk while striking out five on 97 pitches but he gave up two earned runs and was dealt his second loss of the season.
The Tiger offense tallied just four hits in the loss as USF threw its preseason All-American and potential first-round draft pick Kyle Zimmer, who allowed just two hits over 5.0 innings. Mizzou got to Zimmer in the first as two-hole hitter Brannon Champagne extended his hitting streak to four games with a knock up the middle. He then stole second, but Conner Mach struck out looking and Eric Garcia grounded out to the pitcher to strand Champagne in scoring position.
Anderson was sharp in his first half inning, retiring the side on just 14 pitches, due in large part to a great defensive play by senior catcher Ben Turner who gunned down a would-be base stealer to end the inning. Both pitchers put together perfect second innings as Anderson continued to throw well, needing just 11 pitches to retire the side in the second inning.
After another 1-2-3 inning from Zimmer, Anderson ran into some trouble in the third as he gave up three infield singles that resulted in the Dons' first run on a single to short by Justin Maffei. After a scoreless fourth, Turner led off the Tigers' half of the fifth with a single through the right side but the Tigers could not bring him home after Zimmer retired the next three batters.
Mizzou got its leadoff batter aboard again in the sixth as Sal Belfonte reached on a four-pitch walk, but he was retired on a caught stealing and Brown struck out on the play as Mizzou went from no outs with a runner on base to two outs. Champagne then popped out to the pitcher on a bunt to end the inning.
Anderson headed back to the hill in the bottom of the sixth and retired the side in order again as he put together a good outing. The Tigers tied the game in the eighth inning as Champagne grounded out to second with the bases loaded, tying the game at 1-1. But Mach was unable to drive in the go-ahead run as he flew out to left with two on and two outs.
That was big as USF broke the tie in bottom of the eighth. Anderson allowed the leadoff hitter to reach before retiring the second batter of the inning. Then in relief of Anderson, Blake Holovach gave up three hits and USF found itself back on top, 3-1. The Tigers attempted to rally in the ninth as Garcia led off with a single up the middle, but Turner hit into a double play and
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