Mizzou Drops Series at No. 6 Florida With 5-0 Loss

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Dillon Everett had Mizzou's lone hit on Saturday.</i>
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Dillon Everett had Mizzou's lone hit on Saturday.
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April 26, 2014

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mizzou baseball's offense was quiet as the Tigers fell to No. 6 Florida, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon (April 26) at McKethan Stadium. The loss drops the Tigers to 19-23 on the year and 6-14 in SEC play while Florida improves to 29-15 and an SEC-best 14-6 this season. Florida sophomore righty Aaron Rhodes went a career-long 9.0 innings, limiting Mizzou to a season-low one hit. Mizzou turned a season-high five double plays in the loss and senior Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) tallied the Tigers' only hit, a double. Rhodes' one-hitter was the first complete game for Florida this season and he retired the last 18 batters he faced.

Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) started the game for Mizzou before being lifted with one out in the fourth inning with an apparent injury. He was very effective before leaving the game, going 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits and a run while throwing 31 pitches, 22 for strikes. He delivered first-pitch strikes to 10 of the 11 batters that he faced. The only run he allowed came on a double-play, but he was charged with the loss, his third of the season.

After Anderson left the game, Florida then got to reliever Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) for two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The first came on an error on a double-play ball by Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) as he threw the ball into right field. Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) then tried to gun the Florida runner at the plate, but it got away from catcher Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) and a run scored. Casey Turgeon then laced an RBI single through the right side to give Florida a 3-0 lead after five. Both runs off of Steele were unearned.

 

 

Mizzou kept Florida off the board in the sixth inning as Ryan Phillips (Columbia, Mo.) tossed a shutout frame. Over his last four appearances, Phillips has been very good for the Tigers, tossing 8.0 innings, allowing just five hits and one run with four strikeouts. Florida then added two more runs in the seventh and took a 5-0 lead into the eighth.

The series finale will be at noon (CT) Sunday as John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) will get the ball for Mizzou. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.

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