Marcus Thomas, 23 Sports

Mizzou baseball was looking to continue their hot streak going into Saturday’s battle with the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State in Conway, Arkansas. But the Tigers’ three game winning streak was not extended to four, as the Jackrabbits were able to pull off the 6-3 win.

Missouri gave pitcher Tyler LaPlante the start. He went five innings, giving up two runs and striking out five Jackrabbits. LaPlante ended up getting the loss for the Tigers making his season record 0-1. South Dakota State looked to Ryan Froom to start the game. Froom went 5.2 innings giving up three earned runs and striking out six Tigers. Froom ended up earning the win, and reliever Cody Carlson went the rest of the way and ended up with the save.

The Jackrabbits got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first inning from a single by right fielder Logan Holtz, which scored Luke Ira and Nick Smith. The Tigers answered in the bottom in the inning with an RBI single by shortstop Chris Cornelius that drove in center fielder Kameron Misner, cutting the Jackrabbit lead to 2-1.

Misner kept up his strong early season showing in this game going 2-4 and scoring two of Missouri’s three runs.

South Dakota State managed to score one run in both the fifth and sixth innings, bringing their lead to 4-1. The Tigers were able to get the offense going in the sixth inning when first baseman Tony Ortiz drove in Misner to score the first run of the inning. The next run was driven in by catcher Chad McDaniel, scoring DH Luke Mann. These runs helped the Tigers chip into the deficit and made the score 4-3. But South Dakota State wasn’t done, scoring two insurance runs in the ninth inning to put their lead up to the eventual final, 6-3.

Missouri looks to battle the cold weather in their second home game of the season on March 8 against Northwestern.