By: Matthew Terry
Mizzou’s bats were late to the show in CoMo on Friday Night, as the Tigers were unable to get anything going until it was too late in a 4-2 loss to the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats. Mizzou never got multiple hits in an inning, and that combined with some costly defensive miscues signaled Mizzou’s defeat in their series opener against the Wildcats.
Kentucky struck first early, driving in a pair of runs off a 2-run double from Katie Reed, a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the night. That lead was bolstered by a 2-out error on a fly ball by Gabby Garrison in right field, which allowed two runs to score for Kentucky and would eventually prove to be the difference in the game. Mizzou tacked on a run in the 6th and then another in the 7th, but Mizzou’s attempt at a rally was ended after Braxton Burnside flied out to left, ending the game and sealing the victory for the Wildcats.
Mizzou had problems with Kentucky pitcher Meagan Prince (15-6) who stuck out five across her 7.0 innings of work, lowering her season ERA to 1.47. Cheyenne Baxter got the start for the Tigers, giving up just two earned runs in her 6.0 innings, however she did walk four compared to just three strikeouts. The loss drops Mizzou to 27-19 this season, along with 5-10 in conference.