Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

The No. 18 Missouri Tigers baseball team dropped two games out of three against the Alabama Crimson Tide over the weekend in their last home series before they hit the road once again. The lost 2-1 in the first game, but came out strong the second game by a score 1-0 behind a complete game shutout from Michael Plassmeyer. The Tigers would go on to fall in the rubber match later that day by a final score of 5-1.

In the series opener, the Tigers lost a hard-fought pitcher’s duel to the Crimson Tide by a final score of 2-1. T.J. Sikkema went six strong innings against, giving up the only two runs of the game in the second inning on three straight singles. In total Sikkema only gave up six hits in the loss, bumping him to 2-2 in his sophomore campaign. The Mizzou offense was hot as usual though, but they were only able to bring one run across the plate on 13 total hits. Kameron Misner continued his strong 2018 season, racking up two hits and scoring once. That was Misner’s 40th hit this year. Brian Sharp, and Chris Cornelius both put together 3-4 efforts in the loss. It was the seventh multi-hit game for Sharp this season, and his first since March 17 at LSU. Freshman Cade Bormet also recorded his first multi hit game as the DH, with two singles on the day.

In the second game of the series Mizzou was able to pick up the win against Alabama thanks in large part to a complete game shutout from Michael Plassmeyer, the first he has ever thrown in his career. It was yet another pitcher’s duel in Taylor Stadium on Saturday, with neither pitcher allowing a run until the eighth inning, when Brett Bond hit a sac fly to drive in Trey Harris. Plassmeyer was lights out against the Crimson Tide, he retired 16 in a row through the first six innings, which was good enough for a personal, and team best this season. This was the first complete game shutout thrown by a Mizzou Tiger in over a year, it was last done by Cole Bartlett in the 2017 season. On offense Trey Harris led the charge, going 2-4, followed up by Brett Bond and Chris Cornelius, each going 1-3.

In the second game of the Saturday double header Mizzou dropped the third and final game of the series by a final score of 5-1. Bryce Montes De Oca took his second loss of the year in the series finale, giving up two earned runs and three total in three innings pitched. De Oca allowed two hits and two walks in the short outing. Andy Toelken came in relief of Montes De Oca, and threw five scoreless innings despite giving up five hits. Toelken struck out five and walked one. The only offense for the Tigers came from Brett Bond, who drove in Kameron Misner for the only Mizzou run of the game.

The Tigers will now hit the road and head to Missouri State to take on the Bears.