Kendall Keeton had three hits in the loss.
April 27, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mizzou baseball dropped the series finale at No. 6 Florida, 6-5, in the bottom of the 10th inning as Florida's Ryan Larson notched a two-out single to plate the winning run. The Tigers fall to 19-24 and 6-15 in SEC while Florida improves to 30-15 and an SEC-best 15-6 in league play. Sophomore righty Peter Fairbanks (Webster Groves, Mo.) took the loss for the Tigers while Bobby Poyner earned the win for Florida.
Senior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a double and Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) tallied his third three-hit game of the season with a run scored in the loss. Mizzou tallied 11 hits and led 5-3 through 5.5 innings but could not hold on for the win. It was Mizzou's fourth extra-inning game in the last eight contests and second this week.
Florida got to Mizzou starter John Miles (Columbia, Mo.) in the first inning after Mizzou squandered a two-on, no-out situation in its half of the first. After a walk and a hit batter, Taylor Gushue ripped an RBI double into right field on the second pitch he saw from Miles to put the Gators on top, 1-0. Braden Mattson then tallied an RBI groundout to short to take a 2-0 lead and Miles pitched out of trouble from there.
Miles getting through the jam with minimal damage was huge as Mizzou jumped all over Florida starter Danny Young in the top of the second inning, beginning with a huge two-out walk drawn by Jake Ivory (St. Charles, Mo.), who saw nine pitches in the at-bat. After a Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) single to put runners on the corners, freshman Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) laced a single back up the middle to plate a run and Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ripped a two-run double into left field to put the Tigers on top, 3-2.
Florida scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second to tie the game on a John Sternagel, one-out single as the run was scored by Buddy Reed, who reached on an error by Keeton and stole second. It was an unearned run that tied the game. Miles settled in and kept Florida off the board in the third and fourth. That was huge as Mizzou got back-to-back doubles from Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) to open the fifth, giving Mizzou a 4-3 lead.
After a Florida pitching change, Kelly moved to third base but was stranded there after a pair of outs by reliever Justin Shafer. Miles then came back out and Miles delivered first-pitch strikes to all three batters he faced in the fifth as he made easy work of the Gators, retiring nine of 10 and facing the minimum over the third, fourth and fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Brett Peel (St. Charles, Mo.) beat out an infield bunt hit and the ball was thrown away, allowing a run to score as Mizzou took a 5-3 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth. But despite a two-run lead, Mizzou surrendered five hits, committed an error and that allowed Florida to score two runs to tie the game. The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the game, but junior Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam, the eighth that Mizzou has turned over the last two games.
The game stayed tied until Ryan Larson's walk-off single off of Peter Fairbanks (Webster Groves, Mo.) in the bottom of the 10th inning. Mizzou will return home Tuesday to face SEMO at 6 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.
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