Photo courtesy of The Maneater
Mitchell Soell, 23 Sports Reporter
The Mizzou Tigers baseball team needed extra innings in Wednesday’s game as the Tigers went up against the Chicago State Cougars. Sophomore outfielder Connor Brumfield hit a walk off dropped fly ball in the 13th inning. This win marks the 16th in a row for the Tigers, their longest winning streak since 1981. This win also ties the longest active winning streak in the nation. The Tigers’ start 16-1 is the best in team history through 17 games.
In the second inning, the Tigers took the lead against the Cougars off a single from junior infielder Matt Berler and a fielder’s choice ground out from freshman infielder Chris Cornelius, as the Tigers would go on to take a 2-0 lead into the third.
Mizzou had a 4-2 lead going into the eighth inning, but Chicago State’s Julian Russell hit a two-run double to tie the game.
The game stayed tied at four until the 11th inning when the Cougars’ Rick Salazar hit a two-run home run against the Tigers and it looked like the winning streak would come to an end. In the bottom of the inning, however, Brumfield hit a double to bring in two runs with two outs in the inning.
After a scoreless 12th inning and top of the 13th, the Tigers had the bases loaded when Brumfield lofted a fly ball near the foul line in left field. The Chicago State left fielder dropped the ball, Berler scored, and the Tigers won 7-6.
Even though the Tigers ended up with the win, they left 18 men on base, failing to get runners home multiple times during the game. Another fact to focus on is the three unearned runs let in by the Tigers, all coming off one of the Tigers’ seven errors on the night.
Mizzou will look to make this a 17-game winning streak as the team heads to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to face the Crimson Tide in a weekend series from March 17- March 19. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:00 p.m.