Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter
Mizzou baseball returned home to Columbia after winning a series against Georgia to take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff in game one of a quick two-game series. A high-powered offense and solid pitching was too much for the Golden Lions as Missouri easily won 13-1. After enduring a seven-game losing streak earlier this season, the Tigers have now won three straight.
The scoring started in the second when Robbie Glendinning scored off a Kameron Misner double. Misner scored soon after when Brett Bond doubled to left field. Later in the inning, Connor Brumfield singled up the middle to drive in Bond.
After gaining another run in the fourth inning, Mizzou entered the fifth inning leading 4-0. The fifth inning treated the Tigers well, as they drove in five runs.
Alex Samples hit a double to left center field, allowing Kirby McGuire to score and Trey Harris to take third base. After a pitching change, Misner opened it up for Mizzou when he tripled to center field, emptying the loaded bases and allowing Brian Sharp, Samples and Trey Harris to score. Misner later scored on an error.
The Golden Lions gained a run in the sixth inning, but it would be their only run of the game. Tigers starting pitcher Andy Toelken pitched an outstanding complete game, only giving up two hits while walking one and striking out seven. The 6-foot-2 junior is now 2-1 on the season
Nelson Mompierre pinch hit for Bond in the seventh, and he drove in Misner with an RBI single. The Tigers put in many substitute players in the eighth inning and drove in three more runs. This pushed the score to the decisive 13-1.
The 13 runs Missouri scored in this game are the most they have scored since their 27-run outburst on February 18 against Eastern Michigan. Missouri is now 24-9 on the season. They are only 12-6 at home, but are 7-1 on the road.
The Tigers will look to continue their recent turnaround when they take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the second and final game of this quick series on Wednesday, April 12. First pitch from Taylor Stadium is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on SEC Network Plus.