Missouri keeps Tarleton bats quiet to take 2-0 series lead

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Tarleton had an all-around tough day at the ballpark as the Missouri Tigers combined for 12 hits and nine runs while holding Tarleton to just five hits as they upended the Texans 9-1 on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium.

Tarleton (3-7) starting pitcher Kyler Mentzel fell to 0-3 on the season after he made it only 0.1 innings in his start. He gave up three runs on one hit. Three wild pitches, two walks, and a hit batter were all big reasons as to why Mizzou (8-1) got three runs across in the first.

Luke Baley came in to relieve Mentzel and pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Tarleton used a combination of Easton Turnage, Zach Poe, Beau Ross and Landon Cody for the remaining four innings.

The only run Tarleton scored came courtesy of a Colby Seltzer solo home run to left field in the fourth inning. The home run was Seltzer’s second of the season.

Missouri starting pitcher Austin Troesser moved to 3-0 on the year. He pitched 5.0 innings allowing just the one run.

On the bright side, Tarleton has won both of their series finales this season after dropping the first two games. They look to take the final game over Missouri before turning their attention to Texas A&M for a midweek clash in Bryan-College Station. That will be followed up by the start of Western Athletic Conference play as they head to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston on March 11-13.

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