COLUMBIA, MO. Missouri scored five runs in the first two innings and held off Kansas State late as the Tigers won the series with a 6-3 win Sunday at Taylor Stadium. With the loss, Kansas State fell to 17-3 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play, while Missouri improved to 15-8 and 5-1.
After K-State pulled within 5-3 in the fifth, Missouri reliever David Cales (2-0) proved to be the difference as he held the Cats scoreless and struck out five in 3.2 innings of work.
Freshman Justin Murray kept the Wildcats in reach as he threw 5.2 innings in relief of starter Chase Bayuk. Murray gave up just one run on five hits while striking out two. Bayuk (4-1) suffered the loss after lasting just 1.2 innings while giving up five runs on five hits and three walks.
K-State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Tyler Link and Brandon Farr led off with singles up the middle off of Rick Zagone. Joe Roundy’s grounder to third got through the legs of Brock Bond to allow Link to score to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. K-State left the bases loaded in the inning.
But, the Tigers answered with three runs on just one hit as three walks and a throwing error by Chase Bayuk aided the Tigers in the inning. K-State got back to within 3-2 in the second as Rob Vaughn doubled and came around to score on Farr’s two-out single to right. Mizzou added two more runs in the second to up its lead to 5-2.
The Wildcats pulled to within 5-3 in the fifth when Matt Marasco reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded but the Tigers got out of the jam as Brett Scott grounded out to second to leave the potential tying runs on base. The Tigers then added another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to up the lead back to three at 6-3.
Farr and Rice led the Wildcat offense with two hits apiece but K-State stranded eight runners on the day, including leaving the bases loaded twice.
Kansas State returns to action Tuesday as the Wildcats host Chicago State for two midweek games. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 7 p.m.