Dane Opel tallied a double and a triple in the loss.
April 3, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - The Mizzou baseball team dropped its series finale at No. 8 Texas, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon (April 3) at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The loss drops Mizzou to 13-15 on the season and 1-4 in Big 12 play. Mizzou's Dane Opel led the Tigers at the plate, tallying a pair of extra base hits as he went 2-4 with a double and a triple. But Mizzou's offense struggled, pounding out just four hits on Sunday.
Texas' Cole Green got the win for the Longhorns as he goes to 2-2 on the season after throwing 8.0 innings while scattering just four hits and allowing just one unearned run. He also struck out seven Tiger batters in the win and did not walk a batter.
Mizzou starter Zack Hardoin struggled in the first inning after retiring the first two batters. He then walked the next two UT hitters and back-to-back RBI singles by Tant Shepard and Jordan Eiter put the Longhorns on top 2-0. The big blow in the inning came off the next batter, Jacob Felts, who launched a three-run homerun off of the foul pole in left field, putting UT up 5-0 and ending Hardoin's outing. Freshman Myles Smith came on after that and got the final out of the inning. Hardoin was charged with the loss after giving up three hits while walking two and allowing five earned runs as he falls to 2-4 on the season.
Mizzou threatened in the top of the second as Opel launched his first triple of the season off of the right field wall, but the Tigers were unable to drive him in as Green got out of the jam. Mizzou threatened again in the third as both Blake Brown and Brannon Champagne were hit by pitches with two outs, putting two men on for three-hole hitter Conner Mach. But he grounded out to short, ending the threat.
Opel tallied his second extra-base hit of the day in the fourth inning with a double to left center, but once again he was stranded in scoring position after back-to-back outs to end the frame. Smith came back on in the fourth inning and allowed his first earned run in eight appearances (spanning 13 innings) in the frame on a sacrifice squeeze bunt, which gave UT a 6-0 lead. Smith closed his day by pitching 2.2 innings while scattering four hits and walking two.
Phil McCormick made his team and Big 12-leading 17th appearance in the game and threw a 3.1 innings while allowing just two earned runs. UT tacked on runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings to move its advantage to 10-1 and that is how the game finished as the Tigers went down in order in the ninth.
Mizzou will be back in action next Wednesday as it will face Kansas at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBasbeall.
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