Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

The No. 24 Missouri Tigers baseball team, who have been just dominant all season, came out hungry and ready to play Tuesday night, stretching their winning streak to nine games, with a win over No. 20 Wichita State, 9-4.

Mizzou’s Tyler LaPlante took the mound for the Tigers, working eight innings, and only allowing two runs. LaPlante kept the Shockers bats to a minimum, allowing just three hits and tallying five strikeouts.

The Tigers bats backed up Laplante’s performance on the mound. Mizzou racked up five runs in the first five innings of play and added to their lead in the later stages of the game, tallying up an additional four runs to close out the last three innings.

Wichita State managed to get on the board for the first time in the fifth inning. A groundout from Noah Croft, allowed Dayton Dugas to cross the plate for the Shockers.

The Tigers forced six pitching changes for Wichita State. Each pitcher averaged nearly 23 pitches per inning.

A pair of both walks and hits, one leading to a double for Mizzou’s Kameron Misner, gave him his 23rd free pass of the season, the second-most in D1 college baseball.

“He’s a crafty lefty who keeps hitters off stride and he stays within himself,” Mizzou’s Head Coach Steve Bieser said about Tyler LaPlante stellar performance on the mound, “that’s what’s really special about him – he pitches the game to his strengths.”

With the win over WSU, Mizzou is now 2-0 against ranked opponents this season.

The Tigers will travel south next to face the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge for a three game series on March 16.