Missouri’s defense proved porous during a second-round SEC Baseball Tournament matchup Wednesday against LSU in Hoover, Ala.
As a result, Mizzou’s Tigers, who are the No. 10 seed, took one on the chin 10-3 against the Tigers from Baton Rouge, La., who are the No. 2 seed and SEC regular-season co-champions.
Mizzou (36-22) grabbed a second-inning lead on freshman Kameron Misner’s one-out solo home run, but LSU (40-17) broke open the game with a four-run third inning.
Freshman left-hander T.J. Sikkema issued a leadoff walk and freshman Zach Watson tied the game with a ringing double to right-center. Another single put the runners on the corners for senior Cole Freeman, who launched a sacrifice fly to deep fly right. MU senior right fielder Kirby McGuire wasn’t able to get set under Freeman’s drive, allowing both runners to tag and advance.
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Sophomore Antoine Duplantis followed with an RBI single, stole second and scored when McGuire misplayed junior Nick Coomes’ pop fly into shallow left field.
Sikkema erased a hit-by-pitch to lead off the fourth inning by starting a nifty 1-6-3 double play, but his error helped reopen the floodgates in the fifth.
After another leadoff walk, Sikkema threw wildly to first on a sacrifice-bunt attempt, allowing both runners to move into scoring position.
Duplantis’ swinging bunt up the first-base line turned into an RBI single when he beat two Mizzou defenders to the bag.
Heavy rain then postponed the game for one hour and 21 minutes with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
LSU added a run on a ground-out after the game resumed with junior Nolan Gromacki replacing Sikkema, who took the loss after he allowed six runs — five earned — on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Gromacki faced two batters before sophomore Brian Sharp, a Liberty North graduate, came on for 2 2/3 innings.
Junior Brett Bond added an infield RBI single in the eighth, but Mizzou couldn’t scratch out any more runs and LSU matched it when Sharp issued two walks and an RBI double to senior Kramer Robertson later in the frame.
Sharp was charged with two more runs after Freeman greeted sophomore Cameron Dulle by clubbing a three-run homer to left.
MU freshman pinch hitter Nelson Mompierre blasted a solo home run, his third of the season, in the ninth.
Mizzou plays South Carolina, 33-24, at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday in an elimination game, which also effectively serves as an NCAA regional elimination game in all likelihood.
The Tigers beat the Gamecocks in a series two weeks ago in Columbia.