Roberto Soltero, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers baseball team won two of three games against the Auburn Tigers in their third SEC series of the season. The Tigers showed why they are the No. 25 team in the country, picking up a pair of road wins against a ranked opponent. The team has been great around the board all season, and this was perhaps their most impressive showing.

The Tigers went into Auburn with a 19-6 record, and dropped the opener by a score of 5-2. Missouri started TJ Sikkema in the opener and it was not his best outing. He allowed four runs in six innings of work. The offense didn’t do much to help their starter out, scoring only one run in both the first and seventh innings. Auburn’s starter Casey Mize had a solid night surrendering two runs in seven innings of work and striking out seven.

Mizzou evened the series up in the second game, beating Auburn 2-1. Missouri’s starter this game was Michael Plassmeyer. Plassmeyer threw 5 innings and allowed one run and struck out seven. Reliever Andy Tolken picked up the win in this one. Toelken pitched four innings and struck out three. Outfielder Trey Harris provided all the offense the Tigers needed, driving in each of their runs.

The Tigers took the third and final game of the series by a score of 5-0. Bryce Montes De Oca took the mound for the Tigers and threw six shutout innings in which he struck out five. Nile Ball captured his fourth save of the season in the series finale. Oufielder Trey Harris again was the RBI machine for Missouri, driving in all five of the Tigers runs in the game.

The Tigers will next be in action against Missouri State on April 3 in Busch Stadium.