Missouri baseball ends seven-game losing streak

Missouri baseball ends seven-game losing streak

Max Arnold, 23 Sports Reporter

Missouri baseball (22-9) ended their seven-game losing streak against the Georgia Bulldogs (14-18) with an 8-5 victory Friday night. Mizzou pitcher Cole Bartlett picked up his fourth win of the season thanks to a five-run third inning by the Tigers. Even though the Tigers won the game, Georgia could have pulled the game in their favor, but left 14 runners on base and committed three errors throughout.

Missouri’s Trey Harris got things started with a two-run homer in the first inning, but the Bulldogs responded quickly with an RBI single by Georgia’s Keegan McGovern to cut the lead to one after one inning.

An explosion of runs came in the third inning, with a combined seven runs scored from both teams. Missouri started off with a bunt single from Kirby McGuire, then another single and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Nelson Mompierre struck out swinging and then a walk brought a run home. Blakely Brown took the mound for the Bulldogs, but consequently the Tigers scored four more runs with a two-RBI single from both Alex Samples and Chris Cornelius. Georgia responded in the bottom half with a two-run inning of their own off a one-run single and double.

Missouri added one more insurance run in the fourth on an error by the catcher, scoring McGuire. Georgia scored two more runs, but Missouri’s bullpen did enough to secure the win. The freshman southpaw T.J. Sikkema came on in relief for the Tigers in the fourth with two runners on, loading the bases, but was able to strike out the next batter to end the inning. Sikkema, who was named mid-season first-team Rawlings All-American earlier this week, still maintains a very respectable 0.90 ERA, the best on the team for pitchers with more than six innings pitched.

Missouri’s next game will see the Tigers finish the series with Georgia at the brand new Atlanta Braves Stadium, SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The game will start at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.