Tigers Drop Series Opener To Arkansas, 9-4

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Brett Graves</i>
Brett Graves

May 15, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a back-and-forth contest through the first six innings, the Arkansas Razorbacks took advantage of seven runs in the last three frames and came away with a 9-4 victory over the host Mizzou Tigers in the series opener Thursday night (May 15) at Taylor Stadium.

The Tigers got things started in the bottom of the second, after Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded an RBI single off Razorbacks' starting pitcher Trey Killian. Mizzou then put runners on second and third with one out, but Killian would respond with consecutive outs to limit the damage.

Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.) cruised along through the first three innings of play, until Brian Anderson launched a solo home run to right field for Arkansas. With the high winds going out towards right field at Taylor Stadium, Anderson's fly ball easily carried out of the ballpark.

The score remained tied at one until the sixth inning. Brian Anderson launched a triple to left center with one out, and was quickly driven in by Eric Fisher's RBI double. Graves stranded an additional runner on third base to end the top half of the sixth, as the Razorbacks picked up their first lead of the ballgame.

Mizzou (20-31, 6-22 SEC) quickly responded with the tying run in the bottom half of the frame. Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) recorded a single to get things going for the Tigers. The base hit extended his hitting streak to nine games, which is tied for first among Mizzou batters this season. After a single from Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.), first basemen Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) drove in Kelly with an RBI groundout.

Clark Eagan once again gave the Razorbacks (33-21, 14-14 SEC) the lead after a 2-run shot to right field off Graves. The home run was Eagan's third hit of the evening. After a sacrifice fly in the eighth, Arkansas expanded their lead to 5-2.

Anderson capped off his standout night for Arkansas in the ninth inning, after launching a grand slam down the left field line. For the night, the Razorbacks second basemen finished 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs and five RBI. The Arkansas bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to end the night, as Mizzou fell 9-4 in the first game of the series.

The Tigers and Razorbacks continue play tomorrow evening at Taylor Stadium with a 6:00 p.m. (CT) first pitch. RHP Peter Fairbanks (4-6, 4.13 ERA) is slated to take the bump for Mizzou, and will be countered by RHP Chris Oliver (6-4, 2.84 ERA).

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