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Madeline Boccardi, 23 Sports Reporter
Missouri baseball (13-1) extended their winning streak to 13 wins Friday after beating Appalachian State 4-0. The Tigers’ 13-game winning streak is tied with Louisville for the longest active streak in the nation. The Tigers’ 13-1 mark through 14 games is the program’s best start since 1985.
Mizzou junior pitcher Tanner Houck pitched a great game in the win over Appalachian State, earning his second win of the season. He allowed only four hits over 8 2/3 shutout innings and only gave up two walks while throwing seven strikeouts. Houck induced 13 groundouts and it was the first time he pitched through 8 2/3 innings since May against Kentucky. Mizzou’s defense had three errors, but that did not stop the Tigers from swinging the bat.
Mizzou got on the board in the first inning when Robbie Glendinning doubled with one out and was driven in on an RBI single into center field by Kameron Misner. Mizzou’s offense kept the heat coming in the second inning after an error from the Mountaineers’ Nelson Mompierre allowed a score from second base, contributing to the Tigers’ 2-0 lead.
The Mountaineers offense could not seem to connect at bat, only earning six hits throughout the game.
Houck continued his success, only giving up one hit through the first four innings. Mizzou’s offense came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning. Misner’s second RBI single of the night was followed by an RBI single from Trey Harris on an 0-2 count.
Houck returned back to the mound for the Tigers in the ninth inning and got the first two outs before he was relieved by Missouri’s bullpen after allowing two players to reach base. The Mountaineers tried to rally back in the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs, but junior pitcher Nolan Gromacki got the final out for the Tigers to seal the deal.
The Tigers will return back to Taylor Stadium on March 11 at 2 p.m. to face Appalachian State. Missouri will hope to stretch their winning streak to 14 games.