Tigers give up runs to SF team

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The ninth inning wasn’t kind to the Missouri baseball team Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers allowed five runs in the final frame as San Francisco downed Missouri 8-3 at Taylor Stadium.

Missouri, which trailed 3-0 going into the seventh, rallied to tie the score at 3 heading into the ninth. But that’s when the wheels fell off for Missouri.

The Dons scored five in the ninth thanks to four hits, two errors, a hit batter and a walk.

The big blow came on a two-run triple by Bradley Zimmer to make the score 8-3.

San Francisco got two runs in the first and another in the seventh before Missouri got on the board with an RBI single by Logan Pearson to make the score 3-1.

Missouri tied the game in the eighth on an RBI double by Dylan Kelly followed by a sacrifice fly by Lester.

But the Tigers lost all the momentum in the top of the ninth and went quietly in the bottom half to fall to 3-7 on the season.

Brett Graves got the start for the Tigers. He settled down after a rough first inning, allowing two runs and six hits in 5.1 innings. Breckin Williams took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings.

Justin Maffei had three hits and three RBI for San Francisco (6-8), including a home run to lead off the game. Dane Opel, Scott Sommerfeld and Pearson had two hits each for Missouri.

The rubber game is set for noon Sunday.

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