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Max Arnold, 23 Sports Reporter
Missouri (17-1) baseball extended their winning streak to 17 games, beating Alabama (10-8) 3-0. This is Missouri’s best start to a season in program history and is tied for the longest active streak in the country. Pitchers Tanner Houck and TJ Sikkema combined for 14 strikeouts in nine shutout innings.
The Tigers started off hot in this game with a leadoff single from Connor Brumfield and a walk from Robbie Glendinning. Then a catcher’s interference loaded the bases with with nobody out. The first run scored on a walk by Brett Bond and a sac fly by Brian Sharp drove in another. Alabama’s Jake Walters was able to limit the damage, giving up only two unearned runs after loading the bases.
Walters pitched well after the first, going five innings with one hit and no earned runs. Walters did give up eight walks, but also added eight strikeouts. Houck went seven innings and had four innings without giving up a single hit. The only two hits for Alabama came from Connor Short with a double in the fifth and pinch hitter Kyle Kaufman with a single in the eighth.
Missouri got one more insurance run in the top of the ninth with a two out, solo home run from right fielder Trey Harris. Missouri’s only hits came in the first and ninth inning, but had 13 walks in the entire game with left fielder Kameron Misner leading the way with three.
Missouri will finish their series with Alabama with two afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday. Missouri’s next series will see them come home to face Little Rock on Tuesday at Taylor Stadium.