Tiger offense struggles in loss to Tennessee

By Matt Horn, 23 Sports

Thursday, April 9—

It was an early start to the weekend for the No. 23 Missouri Tigers baseball team as they fell to the Tennessee Volunteers 5-2 in Knoxville Thursday night.

Volunteers’ pitcher Andy Cox threw 6.1 innings, striking out eight Missouri batters. The Tiger offense struggled throughout the night, and recorded just six hits against the Tennessee pitching staff.

Four scoreless innings would pass before either team would record a run. In the bottom of the fifth, with Volunteers on second and third, sophomore Nick Senzel drove in both men to take a 2-0 lead. Senzel was 3 of 4 hitting on the day with 2 RBI’s.

The Tigers left two runners stranded in the sixth before Tennessee extended their lead. In the bottom of the inning, junior Christian Stewart launched a two run home run over the left field wall to extend the Volunteers lead to four.

Tiger senior Jake Ivory would return the favor in the seventh, finally getting Missouri on the board. Ivory’s two run homer sent Zach Lavy around to score and Tennessee’s Cox back to the dugout.

The Volunteers added another run in the eighth when Senzel scored again.

Tennessee’s trio of relievers Peter Lenstrohm, Kyle Serrano and Andrew Lee kept Missouri from reaching base for the rest of the night. Lee’s pair of strikeouts in the ninth propelled him to his seventh save of the season for the Volunteers.

Perhaps most concerning for Missouri was an injury to Catcher Brett Bond. Sophomore Jack Klages replaced Bond in the fourth after Bond took on a home plate collision that resulted in a double play for the Tigers.

With the season’s end five weeks away, Missouri now stands at 22-12 (8-5 SEC). Game two of the three game stand in Knoxville will be on Friday at 6 p.m.