Opportunistic Missouri Evens Series With 7-2 Win

Top-ranked Texas' 7-2 setback to No. 14 Missouri can be chalked up to a series of hits and misses as the Tigers won the second of the three-game homestand Saturday at the Disch.

The teams combined for 23 hits but the Tigers took advantage of scoring opportunities to drop the Longhorns to 36-9, 12-7 in Big 12 play. The Horns tallied 11 hits in the defeat, but consistently failed to bring runners home. The Tigers (31-12, 11-6 in Big 12) had just one more hit but capitalized by producing a pair of three-run innings to even the series at a game apiece.

"We had our opportunities, too," said Texas head coach Augie Garrido, "but they did a better job of capitalizing on them."

After a scoreless opening frame, the Tigers lit up the scoreboard by driving in three runs in the second inning off of Longhorn starter Adrian Alaniz. The Horns answered in the bottom of the inning when 3B David Maroul singled to left to drive home LF Carson Kainer. Maroul proved to be UT's biggest offensive weapon on the afternoon, finishing with a career-best three hits while driving in a run.

After keeping the Tigers silent in the third, Texas added a run when CF Drew Stubbs' RBI single plated RF Nick Peoples to bring the Horns to within one. Stubbs' two hits on the day extended his current hitting streak to 12 games. The one-run third inning would prove to be the last time Texas took advantage of baserunners for the remainder of the afternoon.

Following a quiet fourth inning, Missouri led off the fifth with a pair of hits and a stolen base to drive in another run and extend its lead to 4-2.

Buck Cody took the mound in the sixth to relieve Alaniz, who finished the day giving up seven hits, while fanning five. After a quick sixth and seventh inning for Cody, the pitcher forfeited three hits in the eighth before being replaced by RP Clayton Stewart. Stewart gave up a hit and three runs before closing out the three-run inning.

Both teams concluded the game with a hitless final frame, sealing the deal on a 7-2 Missouri win. When it was all said and done, Texas stranded runners in all but two innings.

"There seemed to be too many innings where we just didn't capitalize on hits," said C Taylor Teagarden.

Stubbs agreed that one cause for Texas' loss was a lack of execution, but also gave the Tigers their due.

"Give Missouri credit for taking advantage of opportunities," said Stubbs. "We didn't."

The Longhorns, who dropped back into fourth in the conference with the Saturday loss, host the Tigers on Sunday at 1 p.m. to close out the three-game set.

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