Mizzou baseball blows seven-run lead against Kansas

Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri's Dalton McNamara prepares to swing at a pitch during a game at Kansas on Tuesday.

Missouri baseball was in control with a seven-run lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday. 

The Tigers' opposition? Kansas — their former Big 12 Conference rivals whom they hadn't faced on the diamond since departing for the Southeastern Conference in 2012. 

The Jayhawks found their rhythm in a mighty way after the seventh-inning stretch to plate eight runs in the next half inning for their first lead of the game. That score held as Kansas defeated Missouri 10-9 at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence.

The rivals are scheduled to face off again May 18 at Taylor Stadium in Columbia. 

"Just a really tough afternoon. That black cloud just continues to hang over us," Missouri head coach Steve Bieser said. "When you think you've got a ballgame in hand and you feel like things are rolling your way, all of a sudden, you give up eight runs in one inning. Just unacceptable. We've just got to continue to work."

Missouri led 7-0 and 9-2 with a solid offensive performance and turned to its bullpen from the fifth inning on to keep right-handed pitcher Lukas Veinbergs' arm rested for a start this weekend against Texas A&M. 

Things got away from Missouri quickly in the seventh, with four of the first five Kansas batters reaching base and nine of 12 total in the frame. 

Kansas center fielder Tavian Josenberger delivered the go-ahead, two-run single.

The Tigers had a chance to rally in the top of the ninth with a leadoff double from Andrew Keefer. After a strikeout and walk, Missouri grounded into a game-ending double play.

Missouri falls to 8-16 overall as it approaches the midway point of the season. 

Bieser pointed to the middle frames of the game where the Tigers could have extended their lead.

"We should have opened the game up a little bit more right after (Luke) Mann's home run," Bieser said. "We had a couple sloppy at-bats after that and gave them two quick outs. ... We've got just got to keep going. We can't ever think that we have enough."

Missouri is scheduled to return to action Thursday through Saturday with a home SEC series against Texas A&M.

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