Eric Anderson tallied his team-leading 13th multi-hit game this season on Friday.
April 25, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mizzou baseball was stifled by Florida freshman Logan Shore as it fell to the sixth-ranked Gators, 7-1, on Friday night (April 25) at McKethan Stadium. The loss drops the Tigers to 19-22 on the year and 6-13 in SEC play while Florida moves to 28-15 on the year 13-6 in SEC play, the best record among SEC East teams.
Junior righty Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.) took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) while going seven innings with four strikeouts and a walk. His walk in the seventh inning snapped a streak of 15.1 innings without a walk, but he did go seven innings for the eighth time in 11 starts this season. He has now walked one or fewer batters in nine of his 11 starts and is averaging a career-best 1.34 walks per nine innings this season.
Shore was outstanding against the Tiger batters on Friday, going 7.1 innings, allowing just five hits and no walks while striking out five with just one earned run. He was lifted after senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) tallied his second hit of the game, good for his 13th multi-hit game of the season, tied for the team-lead. Anderson came around to score in the inning on a wild pitch, the only run allowed by Shore. Freshman Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) tallied his seventh multi-hit game of the season as well in the loss.
After a quick first inning by Graves, the Gators got on the board in the second inning. After Mizzou appeared to turn a triple play on a line-drive to Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) with runners on the corners, the umpires gathered and ruled that Keeton caught the ball on a short hop rather than a straight catch and the umpires called everyone back and put runners on second and third with one out. Florida designated hitter Peter Alonso then ripped a two-run single up the middle to give the Gators a 2-0 lead. Graves pitched out of the inning, sending the game to the third with Mizzou trailing, 2-0.
Florida added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-0 lead. Graves settled in in the fourth inning and worked a 1-2-3 frame. He then did the same in the fifth inning and Ring tallied a single in the top of the sixth inning. But the Tigers couldn't get anything else going in that frame as Florida carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Graves retired the first two batters in the seventh before Zack Powers lined a single off the glove of Keeton at first base. Alonso then followed with a triple to deep center to score a run, giving the Gators a 5-0 lead.
Mizzou scored its only run of the game in the top of the eighth inning on a wild pitch, scoring Anderson. But Florida added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and the bullpen closed the game out as the Gators took sole possession of first place in the SEC with the win.
Mizzou and Florida will play game two of the series tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CT) on Fox Sports Midwest. Anderson (2-2, 3.35 ERA) will face Aaron Rhodes (4-2, 2.51 ERA) in the game. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.
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