Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports

Reigning SEC Player of the Week Brian Sharp continued his hot streak with 3-for-3 performance that included a double, walk, and three runs, in Missouri’s 7-3 victory over Alabama A&M in the Tigers home opener on Tuesday.

JT O’Reel led the team offensively for the Bulldogs, going 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Tyus O’Neal-El also contributed, going 1-for-3 with a home run, an RBI, a run scored of his own. They were the lone bright spots in what was otherwise a slow night for the visitors on offense.

Their losing pitcher, Clayton Warner, struggled through five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and walking four batters. He didn’t get much help from his defense. The Bulldogs were sloppy defensively and committed five errors as a team.

Brian Sharp accounted for three of the Tigers’ five hits in the contest. Although Connor Brumfield went 0-for-3 in the game he was walked one time and drove in two runs, one of them from from a sac fly. Ian Bedell picked up his first Division I win in a solid outing through 3 and 2/3 innings as he allowed just one run on two hits striking out three batters. The Tigers were walked a season-high 11 times in the ball game.

Missouri trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth after Tyus O’Neal-El hit a solo home run. Despite that, the Tigers’ started to find their footing at the plate as Brian Sharp ripped off a double, a bases-loaded walk by Cade Bormet tied the game, and capped off three straight walks given up by starter Clayton Warner. Connor Brumfield gave Missouri a 2-1 lead after a sacrifice fly to left. In the sixth inning, Missouri added three more runs, led by Trey Harris who recorded an RBI double to score Kameron Misner. The last two runs were both from bases-loaded walks. The Tigers’ managed to hold the fort the rest of the way as Nolan Gromacki and Giovanni Lopez provided nice work out of the bullpen.

With the victory, Missouri is now 2-0 all-time against Alabama A&M, and they have won five of six home openers since joining the SEC. The Tigers and Bulldogs will finish out their series on Wednesday.