Columbia, Mo.—UMBC baseball hung tough with SEC foe Mizzou on Saturday, coming back from four down to tie the game in the top of the ninth, but ultimately fell 6-5 in extra innings. Junior AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) led the charge with three hits on the day.
UMBC loses their fifth straight to fall to 1-5 on the year, while the Tigers improve to 9-3.
Mizzou got out to a quick 2-0 lead after an RBI triple and sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. They would extend their lead to 4-0 after a home run in the third and RBI double in the fourth.
The Retrievers cut the deficit in half with a pair of runs in the seventh. Wright led off the inning with a double, advancing to third on a single from Dalton Stewart (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro). Wright would be brought home the very next at bat thanks to a Raven Beeman (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) single through the right side. Matt Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Arkansas) would plate Stewart on a sac fly later in the inning.
Collin Stack (Jamestown, N.Y./Monroe CC) would cross home in the eight after leading off the inning with a single and scoring on a Stewart single through the left side. The Retrievers completed the comeback in the ninth, as Christian Torres (Miami, Fla./Miami Senior) scored on a Dmitri Floyd (Dover, Del./Dover) single. The hit and RBI were the first in Floyd's collegiate career.
After both sides went without a whimper in tenth, both teams got runners in scoring position in the 11th, but could not cash in. Neither team got anything going in the 12th, setting up an eventful 13th.
Beeman led off the inning with a walk, and advanced to second on a Torres sac bunt. He would get to third on a Floyd ground out, scoring after Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) reached on a fielding error to give UMBC a 5-4 lead.
However, the Tigers would get back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-5 victory on Saturday.
Wright led the way with three hits, with Stewart, Beeman and Floyd each recorded two hits apiece. Kameron Misner led the Tigers with a pair of hits and two RBI.
The two sides will complete the three game series tomorrow, Sunday March 4 at 2 p.m. est.