The University of Missouri baseball team bounced back from its rough start to Southeastern Conference play by winning back-to-back series against Arkansas and Auburn.
Whatever momentum the Tigers had built up from those victories didn’t carry over to this weekend when they were swept in a three-game series by visiting LSU.
The other Tigers outscored the hosts 7-5 on Friday, 9-5 on Saturday and then 15-2 in the finale on Sunday.
Missouri fell to 20-18 overall and 4-11 in SEC play. The Tigers are now 2-7 at home in conference games.
Missouri’s three starting pitchers, Reggie McClain, Tanner Houck and Michael Plassmeyer, combined to allow 22 runs (20 earned) on 24 hits over 18 innings. LSU hit .342 (40 hits in 117 at-bats) over the three games, with five home runs, and had a .414 on-base percentage.
As a team, Missouri batted .264 (28 hits in 106 at-bats) over the three games, though there were some bright spots.
First baseman Zach Lavy hit .600 (6-10) for the series, including three doubles, one triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. He also walked once and was twice hit by pitches, giving the Tigers’ clean-up hitter a .692 OBP for the series.
Catcher Brett Bond batted .500 (6-12) with two home runs, his fifth and team-leading sixth of the season, to go with three RBIs and three runs scored. Bond hit five home runs in the 2015 season.
The Tigers are back in action this weekend with a three-game series at South Carolina (29-8, 11-4) beginning on Friday. The Gamecocks, who are tied with Florida for the best league record in the conference, are 22-1 at home this season.