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Madeline Boccardi, 23 Sports Reporter
The Missouri Tigers rallied in the ninth inning to beat Appalachian State 3-2 and complete the series sweep. The Tigers’ 15-game winning streak continues to be the longest streak in the nation this season.
Junior Andy Toelken took the mound for the Tigers and earned four strikeouts and three 1-2-3 innings over seven innings thrown.
In the bottom of third, Nelson Mompierre got his first career division I home run to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The game remained quiet until Appalachian State’s Matt Vernon hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for the Mountaineers.
Toelken pitched a great top of the seventh inning, but the Tigers still needed some energy on offense. Brain Sharp and Mompierre both hit singles in the bottom of the inning, but Mizzou was caught stealing on an attempted double steal, so the Tigers headed into the eighth still traling.
T.J. Sikkema took the mound for Missouri in the eighth inning, earning two strikeouts. Sikkema picked up another two strikeouts on the mound for the Tigers in the final inning and hoped the Tigers could come alive behind the plate.
Sharp started with a leadoff home run to tie the game 2-2. Ian Nelson singled and Johnny Balsamo replaced him as a pinch runner. Mompierre grounded out on a bunt but advanced Balsamo to second. Chris Cornelius was intentionally walked and Brumfiedl loaded the bases with an infield hit. Robbie Glendinning then proceeded to hit another walk off, giving the Tigers the 3-2 victory.
The Tigers will remain at Taylor Stadium with hopes of extending their 15-game winning streak to 16 as they take on Chicago State on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.