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Lyndsay Hughley, 23 Sports Reporter
The red-hot Missouri Tigers baseball team is still on fire, coming away with a 7-6 victory over Western Carolina and winning their 12th consecutive game to bring their record to 12-1 for the season. Mizzou’s 12-game winning streak is the longest streak the team has had since 2008 and also ties Louisville for the longest active streak in the nation this season.
Mizzou got off to a rocky start with two on and one out, but pitcher Liam Carter would later produce a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. Junior catcher Brett Bond would bring in the first RBIs of the game, blasting a two-run homer into centerfield, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Western Carolina quickly answered to Bond’s two-run blast, bringing in three at the top of the 2nd to give the Catamounts a 3-2 lead. An RBI by freshman Chris Cornelius tied the game back up 3-3 at the bottom of the 4th.
A balk and an error would give Western Carolina a 5-3 lead, but Mizzou later tied the game again with a sacrifice fly RBI by Alex Samples, followed by a two-out RBI double by Chris Cornelius. However, the 5-5 tie did not last long, as a Western Carolina run was followed by a solo home run from Trey Harris, increasing the score to 6-6.
Missouri and Western Carolina remained tied 6-6 after the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings. With two on base in the bottom of the 10th inning, junior shortstop Robbie Glendinning would hit a walk-off single into right field, giving the Tigers yet another walk-off, come-from-behind win.
With hot at-bats and record-breaking offense, Missouri Tigers baseball is looking dangerous. The Tigers will be back in action Friday at home, as they host a three-game series against Appalachian State, looking to extend their winning streak to 13.