Missouri outfielder Cade Bormet hit the very first pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader against Florida for a single.

It was downhill from there.

The Tigers continued a frustrating Southeastern Conference season by stranding baserunners and allowing two-out hits. Missouri (24-12, 6-9 SEC) was competitive in all three games with No. 1 Florida (32-6, 12-3 SEC) but lost all three, regardless.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Missouri kept up with Florida through the sixth before the Gators pulled away for a 10-2 win. In the nightcap, Missouri put up only two runs, the most it has scored in any of in its last six SEC games, and fell 7-2.

Tigers offense falls short for spot-starter LaPlante

Junior transfer Tyler LaPlante, who generally serves as Missouri’s midweek starter, only pitched three innings in Tuesday’s win at No. 19 Missouri State.

On Saturday, it was evident why. The left-hander was pushed into a starting spot in the weekend rotation for the first time as a Tiger, replacing Bryce Montes de Oca (stiff neck) and starting the first game Saturday. Montes de Oca threw just three innings April 7 and has not pitched since.

LaPlante was effective, allowing three runs in six innings. He would have limited the damage to just one total run but couldn’t escape the first inning after getting two quick outs. Jonathan India tripled, LaPlante hit Wil Dalton with a pitch, and JJ Schwarz drove in both with a double.

Missouri junior transfer Zach Hanna’s two-run double tied the score in the sixth inning, but Schwarz broke the tie with a solo homer off LaPlante in the bottom of the frame.

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