Mizzou baseball topples Arkansas-Pine Bluff in series finale

Mizzou baseball topples Arkansas-Pine Bluff in series finale

Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter

In their previous game, Missouri baseball scored in bunches and had no problem defeating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 13-1. It was more of the same for the Tigers on Wednesday as they scored seven first inning runs, leading them to a 15-6 victory.

After loading the bases, Missouri pounced early. A balk was called before an out was recorded in the inning. Connor Brumfield came home to score on that play. After Brian Sharp was walked on a wild pitch, Kameron Misner came across to score.

A sacrifice fly pushed the score to 3-0 with only one out recorded. After that, three straight singles brought home four runs to make it 7-0.

The Golden Lions came storming back in the third inning with six runs of their own. The beginning of the inning spelled the end of the night for Mizzou starter Ryan Lee. Liam Carter entered the game, only to walk all three batters he faced. Nolan Gromacki entered for Carter, and Gromacki was able to get the Tigers out of the inning despite giving up six runs. The only three runs actually charged to Gromacki was from a three-run homer by Jordan Knox.

The Tigers came right back at the Golden Lions in the fourth inning. After scoring a run in the third, Missouri scored another seven runs in the fourth. It all started with a home run from Sharp to right center field, pushing the lead to 9-6. Two straight singles by Robbie Glendinning and Alex Samples set up an RBI double from Chris Cornelius. Kirby McGuire, who was already on base, made it home as well.

Misner hit a two-run homer to right field after an RBI single by Brumfield to push the lead to the decisive 15-6, yet it was only the fourth inning.

The remainder of the game was not as exciting as the first half was, but Missouri was happy to get out of the game with the win.

The Tigers collected 15 hits in the game as opposed to the five that the Golden Lions mustered. Arkansas-Pine Bluff also had four errors in the game, which certainly didn’t help their cause.

Missouri is now 25-9 and with their next win will match their win total from last season. Mizzou will remain at home for their next series against the Kentucky Wildcats. Game one is on Friday, April 14, at Taylor Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on SEC Network Plus.