Jackson Sallee – 23 Sports

There was a lot of offense in the opener, but the Missouri Baseball team got swept in the weekend series by Alabama, 11-8, 5-2, and 3-2. In all games, they took the lead early but they could not hold it.

On Friday, the Tigers scored four runs in the first, with Brandt Belk scoring two with a double, and Tre Morris and Joshua Day with two RBI singles. Alabama in their half of the first got a pair of solo home runs to cut the lead in half. The Tigers would score four in the next three innings and that was it. Torin Montgomery would get the last RBI in the fourth with a double. The Alabama offense kept on rolling throughout the game, scoring two in the third, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the eighth to top it off. The runs in the sixth came from four straight hits and a pair of errors by the Tigers’ defense.

On Saturday, the Tigers scored first in the second inning after Belk doubled and Tre Morris got him home on an RBI single to left. Alabama then tied the game in the third with a solo shot, and then took the lead in the fourth. They added another in the fifth for the 3-1 lead. Mizzou pulled within 3-2 as Belk pulled off a straight steal of home in the seventh, the first for Mizzou since 2002 (first steal of home since 2017). The Crimson Tide then took the game away from the Tigers after adding two insurance runs in the eighth.

On Sunday, it was a very unproductive game in terms of offense for either team for the majority of the game. Yet again the Tigers scored first, scoring two runs in the first two innings, but that was it for the offense for the Tigers for the rest of the game. Zach Hise kept them in the game through six innings, and in the seventh, the Tide broke the streak of 11-straight retired and got the first run on the board, but that’s all they would get in that inning. After Hise exited after seven innings, Alabama got a single, bunt single, error, and sacrifice fly to plate two to take the lead, and that is all they needed to take the sweep.

Up next, they will come home this weekend to play Tennessee for a three-game series, with the first one starting at 6:30 PM.

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