The Missouri baseball team lost to South Carolina 4-2 on Wednesday morning in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
Because of a rain delay and an extra-inning game in the early part of the day, the Tigers’ game ended at 1:39 a.m. It was the fourth-latest finish in SEC Tournament history.
The Tigers, who clinched their spot in the SEC Tournament on the final day of the regular season, are not expected to earn an at-large berth in an NCAA regional.
South Carolina pounced for three runs in the seventh inning after Hunter Taylor singled off Andy Toelken’s leg to lead off the frame. Jacob Olson drew a walk and Noah Campbell singled to load the bases. Carlos Cortes worked a walk that tied the game. Madison Stoke’s sacrifice fly made it 3-2, then Jonah Bride singled home a run to end Toelken’s night.
Bryce Montes de Oca walked a batter before inducing a popup from Tolbert to get out of the inning.
Toelken pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits and two walks. Montes de Oca allowed no hits and one walk while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.
The Tigers scored twice in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Connor Brumfield and Trey Harris led off with back-to-back singles then moved up on a wild pitch. Brian Sharp pushed Brumfield home with a groundout, then Harris scored on Chad McDaniel’s single.
It took Missouri one time through the lineup to adjust to Gamecocks starter Carmen Mlodzinski, who retired the first nine Tigers in order, including five strikeouts.
Mlodzinski allowed two runs on five hits in five innings for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina had a couple of chances early, but the Tigers backed T.J. Sikkema by turning double plays in the second and fourth innings.
But Sikkema couldn’t work around a leadoff double in the fifth inning. The Gamecocks had three consecutive hits to open the frame, with Olson’s double scoring L.T. Tolbert.
That chased Sikkema, who allowed one run on five hits in four-plus innings. Pitching on short rest, Sikkema struck out one.
Reliever Andy Toelken worked around a misplayed popup and got the Tigers out of the inning clinging to a one-run lead.
KANSAS 3, TEXAS 2: Jackson Goddard was dominant as Kansas beat top-seeded Texas 3-2 on Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.
Goddard gave up just one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Big 12 regular-season champions.
The Jayhawks advanced to play Baylor on Thursday. Baylor defeated Oklahoma 4-0 earlier Wednesday.
Kansas broke a scoreless tie when Brendt Citta doubled to score Devin Foyle in the top of the fourth. Citta later scored on a sacrifice fly by Skyler Messinger.
Texas' DJ Petrinsky knocked in Masen Hibbeler in the fifth to cut Kansas' lead to 2-1 but Foyle answered with a solo homer in the eighth.
Texas threatened in the ninth. Kody Clemens' deep fly to center with one on was caught. Ryan Reynolds' RBI single made it 3-2 and put the tying runner on third with two outs. A ground out ended the game.