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Mizzou baseball traveled to Houston this weekend to face three former Big 12 opponents in Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas at Minute Maid Park. After falling to Baylor and defeated the No. 22 Oklahoma in a walkoff in the tenth inning, the Tigers suited up to face the 10-1 Texas Longhorns.

Mizzou went up quickly from aggressive baserunning by Mark Vierling on a wild pitch to send him to third and a throwing error to third from Longhorn catcher Silas Ardoin to bring Vierling across home plate.

Spencer Miles pitched three scoreless innings for the Tigers until facing Eric Kennedy in the bottom of the fourth inning with runners on first and third. Kennedy sacrifice flied out to right field to bring Cam Williams home for the Longhorn’s first run of the day.

Mizzou’s Peter Zimmerman sent one deep to left field in the top of fifth to put the Tigers up 3-1.

Miles came back out to the mound in the bottom of the fifth and walked Lance Ford who advanced to third on a single by Austin Todd, prompting a pitching change for the Tigers. Art Joven entered the game for Mizzou and delivered a four pitch walk to load the bases and hit the following batter to bring in another run for the Longhorns. Mizzou sent in Shane Wilhelm to relieve Joven with the bases loaded and no outs. Wilhelm walked his first batter, tying the game at three. Kennedy put the ball in play to send in another run for Texas and Mizzou escaped the fifth inning down 4-3.

Despite giving up their lead in the fifth, Mizzou came back with an even bigger sixth inning batting all the way around and scoring five runs off four RBI singles from Vierling, Luke Mann, Josh Holt Jr. and Chad McDaniel.

Williams RBI doubled to right center in the bottom of the seventh to shorten the Longhorns deficit to three. They came within one run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single and wild pitch from Trey Dillard.

Mizzou added to their lead in the top of the ninth on a series of throwing errors by the Longhorn defense on a stolen base from Jackson Lancaster. Texas scored one run off an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to put the score at 9-8, but Dillard held off the Longhorn offense and got the save for the Tigers to finish out their weekend.

Mizzou finished the weekend 2-1 and 6-5 overall. They will open up at home this weekend for a three-game series against Western Illinois. The first game is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Stadium.