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Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter
The 18th-ranked Missouri Tigers baseball team returned home after sweeping Alabama to face off against the Little Rock Trojans. Behind 11 runs and 11 batters walked, Mizzou came away with the 11-8 win to extend their winning streak to 20 games, the longest in the nation.
The Tigers jumped in front early, scoring six runs in the first inning, the most Mizzou has scored in the first all season. The first three batters of the game for Missouri were walked and that was it for Trojans starting pitcher Carter Brown. Brett Bond, Nelson Mompiere and Connor Brumfield all had two-RBI singles in the inning.
The first inning lasted 47 minutes and the Tigers sent 11 batters to the plate. Mizzou put two more runs on the board in the third off a Brumfield single and a bases loaded walk to Trey Harris that drove in Chris Cornelius. Harris was walked three times in the game.
The fourth inning marked the beginning of an attempted comeback for the Trojans, as they cut the Mizzou lead in half by scoring four runs, including a bases loaded hit by pitch that drove in Cameron Knight.
Robbie Glendinning tripled in the bottom half of the fifth, driving home Brumfield, who scored all the way from first base. Bond then singled, bringing home Glendinning. Bond would then advance to third on two straight wild pitches before eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly by Brian Sharp. Mizzou led 11-4 after the fifth inning.
The Trojans scored two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings, so Missouri turned to Sharp for the save. He was able to hold Little Rock to no runs after he entered the game and the Tigers came away with the victory 11-8.
Starter Bryce Montes De Oca pitched a solid four innings for the Tigers while striking out four batters and picking up the win.
Missouri will look to extend their winning streak on Friday as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. First pitch from Taylor Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on SEC Network Plus.