Peter Fairbanks turned in a gutsy performance Saturday.
May 3, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Peter Fairbanks (St. Louis, Mo.) set a career high with six strikeouts, throwing seven innings in relief of John Miles (Columbia, Mo.), but Mizzou (20-26, 6-17) fell to No. 9 Vanderbilt (35-12, 13-10) 5-1 Saturday afternoon (May 3) at Taylor Stadium. Miles started for the Tigers, leaving in the third with an apparent injury. Fairbanks then had a gutsy performance, not allowing a single earned run to the Commodores through the day. All five runs for Vanderbilt came in the third inning.
Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) had Mizzou's only RBI of the game, an infield single in the ninth inning, though two Tiger runners were thrown out at the plate trying to score. Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) had the Tigers' only extra-base hit of the day, a double to left field in the sixth inning. Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) went 1-for-3 at the plate in the contest, following up his multi-hit effort in Friday's game.
Miles started strong with a 1-2-3 opening frame, including a strikeout of the first batter he saw. Pearson singled in the bottom of the first, the only hit in a scoreless inning. A leadoff walk in the second for Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) had the Tigers threatening after he moved to third with one out, but he was doubled off as he tried to score from third on a groundout to first, sending the game to the third, scoreless.
Vanderbilt struck in the third, taking advantage of a leadoff bunt single from John Norwood, who then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, scoring on a single for a 1-0 lead. Miles exited the game with an apparent arm injury, and Fairbanks took over, allowing four unearned runs as the Commodores claimed a 5-0 cushion through the third inning. The Commodores threatened again in the fourth, but Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) nailed a runner at the dish trying to score to keep Vanderbilt scoreless in the frame.
Both sides went quietly through the next two frames as Fairbanks and Vandy's Carson Fulmer settled in, Fulmer taking advantage of a relay play to nail Pearson at the plate off a double from Howard, who was left stranded at second. Fairbanks worked a quick eighth inning, sitting the Commodores down 1-2-3, throwing a scoreless frame once again in the ninth. Lester's infield single in the ninth inning put the Tigers on the board, though they fell 5-1.
Mizzou and Vanderbilt play the final game of the series Sunday (May 4) at 1 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouBaseball) or check in to MUTigers.com.
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