Ole Miss and Missouri both scored two runs in the fifth inning, but the Rebels couldn’t manage to manufacture any more offense thereafter on Friday night. The Rebels dropped its series opener to the Tigers 4-2 at Taylor Stadium. The loss brings Ole Miss back to one game above .500 with the regular season winding down. The Rebels are still projected to make the NCAA Tournament, but must remain above that mark to be eligible. Junior Christian Trent tossed a complete game, allowing four runs on nine hits.The southpaw struck out six Tigers without surrendering a walk as he pitched eight innings for the second consecutive game.The first 23 batters of the game were retired before Missouri’s Ryan Howard singled up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.The Tigers reached the scoreboard in three consecutive innings from the fifth to the seventh. For Ole Miss, Colby Bortles and Connor Cloyd continued their hot streaks at the plate. Bortles reached base for the 24th time in the past 25 games, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Cloyd increased his hit streak to eight games with an infield single.