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Horns Drop Series to Missouri in Game 3 Loss


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No. 25 Texas lost to Missouri 7-6 in the bottom of the 11 inning on Sunday afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Pinch hitter Case Munson hit a sacrifice fly to Mark Payton in center field, which allowed Dillon Everett to score from third base on the throw. Missouri took the Big 12 Conference series after winning Saturday's game.

Tied at six each in the bottom of the 11 inning, Corey Knebel struck out the leadoff batter, Eric Garcia. Everett followed with a single. He moved to third on an error by Kirby Bellow, which also allowed Turner to reach first base. Then Munson hit a sacrifice fly ball on a full count to center field, which resulted in Everett scoring.

Texas (27-18, 13-8 Big 12) struck first in the third inning. Erich Weiss reached base on a walk, and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Walsh. Weiss advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a RBI single by Jacob Felts, putting Texas up 1-0.

Texas scored another run in the top of the fourth. Collin Shaw walked, then moved to third after Mark Payton reached base on an error by the pitcher, John Miles. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Weiss, Texas 2, Missouri 0.

Missouri (25-22, 9-12 Big 12) responded to Texas' two-run lead with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Following back-to-back singles by Connor Mach and Blake Brown, Dane Opel homered off of John Curtiss, which pushed the Tigers to 3-2 over Texas. Hoby Milner then entered the game in relief. The first batter he faced, Scott Sommerfeld, singled and moved to second on a groundout by Champagne. He then advanced to third on a groundout by Garcia. Everett singled to drive in Sommerfeld to tack on an insurance run, Missouri 4, Texas 2.

The Longhorns cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the sixth, after Payton hit a home run off of the left field foul pole. Then the Longhorns had Weiss and Walsh in scoring position, but no runs were scored after a strikeout and a fly out.
Missouri added two runs in the bottom of the seventh, following a double by Garcia. He then moved to third on a single by Everett. Turner singled to plate Garcia and move Everett to second. Following Andreas Plackis reaching on an error by the pitcher, which loaded the bases, Brown singled to score Everett. Milner came back for back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to end the inning.

Texas tied the game, 6-6 in the top of the eighth. Payton, the leadoff batter, reached base on an error by the second baseman. Then Walsh and Felts singled to load the bases. Jordan Etier followed with an RBI walk to plate Payton. Marlow then singled to right field, which scored Felts and Walsh.

Brett Graves, the sixth pitcher used by Missouri in the game, earned the win after pitching two innings and allowing just one hit and two walks. He is now 4-5 on the season. Missouri's starter Blake Holovach worked 2.2 innings, striking out two batters and allowing one run on two hits and five walks. Miles entered the game in the third inning, and went 3.2 innings with three hits, two runs, one walk and one strikeout. Jake Walsh pitched .1 innings, Dusty Ross pitched one inning, and gave up three hits, three runs and two walks. Jeff Emens pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one hit and one walk.

Corey Knebel took the loss for the Longhorns, bringing his record to 3-4 on the season. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), one walk and striking out five batters. John Curtiss started the game, pitching 3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Hoby Milner threw 2 innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits, and striking out two batters.

Weiss lead Texas with three hits in four at bats, with a double. Payton, Walsh and Felts each had two hits in the game. Payton hit a home run, scored two runs, and stole a base. Walsh was 2-4 with one run scored and one walk. Felts was 2-6 with one run scored, one RBI and one stolen base.

Everett had three hits in five at bats, with one RBI and two runs scored. Brown and Plackis also had two hits.

Texas will return to Disch-Falk Field on Saturday, May 12 for a doubleheader against Texas Southern. Times are still to be announced.

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