Story by Gary Cotton
After dropping their last four games, the Tigers needed to make some changes. The usually playful dugout was stoic. The lineup was changed. Players even switched up their walk-up music.
While the Tigers made as many changes as they could, the results stayed the same. Missouri’s losing streak continued with a 6-4 loss to Texas.
The Tigers failed to record a hit through the first four innings, and failed to capitalize late with runners in scoring position.
Missouri broke out of the hitless streak in the fifth inning. A triple by Andreas Plackis to lead off the inning looked as if it may start a Missouri rally. Tigers fans let out relieved cheers when he slid into third base.
After the next two batters, Texas starting pitcher Parker French was forced to leave the game early with an injury. Texas had to reach into their bullpen sooner than expected.
It seemed like the perfect opportunity for Missouri to begin a comeback, but the Texas bullpen retired the next two batters and surrendered only one run after the leadoff triple.
Coach Tim Jamieson said the Longhorns did not lose much with the pitching change.
“You hate to see that. We’re going through that right now with Eric (Anderson),” Jamieson said. “Milner and Knebel were with Team USA last year. They’re two of the best players in the country so it wasn’t that much of a drop off.”
Missouri did find a way to stay in the game however. The Tigers scored twice in the sixth inning to bring the deficit to 5-3.
Eric Garcia led off the seventh inning with a double, and the Tigers had another opportunity for a rally.
But again the results did not change.
The Tigers only scored one run in the inning, and could not catch up with the Longhorns.
“We caught a few situations that we definitely took advantage of,” Garcia said. “We took advantage of their mistakes, but we couldn’t play as well as we needed to.”
Even though the Tigers never had the lead, Jamieson said he was happy with their fight.
“The thing I’m most happy about is that when we’re down five nothing we still found a way to get back in the game,” Jamieson said. “I felt like we did some good things tonight, which after the win at Tech, we really hadn’t done much.”
Missouri will face Texas in game two of the three game series tomorrow at Taylor Stadium at 1 p.m.