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Longhorns Lose Saturday Scrap 5-4

The No. 25 Texas Longhorns dropped a game to Missouri Saturday night that was a full-blown shootout through the first four innings, then settled into a tense pitchers' duel. The 'Horns and Tigers stayed locked at 4-4 through the late innings, before leadoff man Eric Garcia doubled in Scott Summerfeld in the eighth to give Missouri a 5-4 win.

Both Texas starter Dillon Peters and Missouri's Jeff Emens had short outings, as both offenses came out hot: Texas' Jonathan Walsh hit a 2-run homer in the first, then Missouri first baseman Andreas Plackis doubled in two runs in the home half of the inning. Summerfeld hit a solo shot in the second for Missouri; Texas responded in the third with an Erich Weiss sacrifice fly; Missouri's Case Munson drove in a run in the home third; Jordan Etier then drove in Jacob Felts on a sac fly in the Texas fourth.

Nathan Thornhill threw five innings of relief, striking out four and allowing one run, but he took the loss. Missouri reliever Dusty Ross earned his second win of the year with two scoreless innings.

Texas and Missouri play the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT.

Burnt Orange Nation has plenty more Texas Longhorns news and commentary.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.