Five hours later...

Mizzou takes 19th-ranked Florida to 15 innings, but falls to the Gators

Tyler Fulghum, Sports Director, tylerf@kmiz.com
POSTED: 10:03 PM CDT Apr 20, 2013 
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Mizzou (12-22, 4-13 SEC) dropped a 15-inning contest against No. 19 Florida (22-18, 10-7 SEC) by a 4-3 final Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium.

All three of the Tigers’ runs came in the first two innings, highlighted by a Keaton Steele two-run homer in the first over the left field fence and a RBI single from Logan Pearson in the second.

Mizzou starter Brett Graves went 5.1 innings, allowing just one earned run and five hits while fanning two batters.

Steele stole the show on the mound for the Tigers, throwing seven innings in relief while hurling 109 pitches, giving up two runs and striking out five in his time on the mound.

The Gators scored the game-winning run in the 15th, taking advantage of an error, a walk and a single as a fielder’s choice allowed a run to score for a 4-3 lead.

Mizzou threatened with two runners in scoring position with two outs, but they were left stranded.

The marathon game lasted four hours and 57 minutes, and also featured the second-highest attendance for a home game this season with 2,563 fans packing into Taylor Stadium.