Mizzou blasted in first round of NCAA playoffs, 15-3

By The Associated Press and staff reports

TUCSON, Ariz. —A barrage of hits by Pac-12 champion Arizona in the fourth inning was the beginning of the end for the Missouri Tigers in their first game of the NCAA Regional baseball playoffs.

Arizona used the seven-run third inning to cruise to a 15-3 win over the Big 12 tournament champions on Friday night.

Missouri (32-27) struck early, taking leads of 2-0 and 3-2. But starting pitcher Blake Holovach lasted only three innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs.

The Wildcats (39-17) had 20 hits, including seven for extra bases in their first home regional appearance since 1992. All-America pitcher Kurt Heyer threw a complete game four-hitter, striking out seven.

Blake Brown led the Tigers at the plate going 2 for 2, with a double and a triple.

Missouri drops to the losers’ bracket and will face New Mexico State in an elimination game scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

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