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The Missouri Tigers baseball team fell to Baylor on Friday in Houston by a score of four to two. The game was Missouri’s first in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Classic in Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros.

Missouri threatened in the first inning, putting runners on first and third with no outs. The Tigers scored one but were unable to capitalize any further after Chad McDaniel grounded into a double play.

Ian Bedell had his second quality start of the year, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) over 6.1 innings. The start lowered his season ERA to 3.93. Bedell was the expected ace of the Missouri pitching staff heading into the year.

“He had a solid start today,” said Missouri head coach Steve Bieser. “Whenever we get a start like that from a pitcher, you have to be able to score some runs behind him.”

Missouri’s offense put up just 4 hits in the game and struck out 12 times.

“Offensively, we didn’t get it done when given opportunities with runners in scoring position,” said Beiser. “We just have to keep grinding things out. We have to get better. We’re leaving runs on the field.”

Mack Mueller led the offensive charge for Baylor, hitting a solo home run in both the sixth and eighth innings

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Classic pits SEC teams up against teams from the Big 12. Missouri will take on Oklahoma, and Texas to finish up the weekend. LSU and Arkansas are representing the SEC in addition to Missouri.