Shane Segovia extended his hitting streak to nine games on Saturday.
March 22, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - The Mizzou baseball team dropped game two of its series at No. 14 Ole Miss, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon (March 22) at Swayze Field. The loss drops the Tigers to 11-11 and 1-4 in SEC play while the Rebels go do 20-4 and 3-2 in SEC play. Having to shuffle the starting rotation after Friday's injury to Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.), the Tigers threw Peter Fairbanks (Webster Groves, Mo.) for his second start of the week and he was tagged for four earned runs over 2.0 innings as he took loss, dropping him to 2-2 on the season. Ole Miss' Christian Trent picked up the win, going 6.0+ innings while allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out five against just two walks.
Senior Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas) extended his team-long hitting streak to nine games and he has now reached base safely in 16 consecutive games, also the longest such streak by a Tiger this season. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and an HBP in the game. Senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) also tallied a single in the loss as he has now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games, including every game since he switched to the leadoff spot 13 games ago. He reached base safely in two of his four plate appearances Saturday.
Fairbanks gave up a three-run homer to Will Allen in the bottom of the first before retiring the side. It was the third first-inning homer allowed by the Tigers in the series. The Tigers got a run back in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.). With the bases loaded and no one out, Kelly lifted a ball deep into right field, but Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) was thrown out trying to tag to second from first for a double play as Ole Miss limited the damage from a bases-loaded, no one out scenario.
Fairbanks seemed to settle in after the first and retired the side in the second inning and then was lifted after in favor of Andrew Hohn (North Little Rock, Ark.), who gave up a two-run homer to Sikes Orvis and after a sacrifice fly to Austin Anderson. That put Ole Miss on top, 6-1, after three innings.
Orvis then added another homer in the bottom of the seventh inning off of Tiger reliever Ryan Phillips (Columbia, Mo.). Mizzou had allowed just four homers all year before Orvis launched Ole Miss's fourth and fifth of the series in the third and seventh, respectively. The Tigers failed to put together a big inning as the Ole Miss bullpen held the Tigers at bay. Mizzou put two on with no outs in the seventh inning off of Trent, its best chance to plate more runs, but three consecutive outs ended the threat as Ole Miss reliever Aaron Greenwood did a nice job getting out of the jam.
Mizzou and Ole Miss will play the series finale tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Swayze Field. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.
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