Logan Courtois, 23 Sports

Sunday, February 28 –

With a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning, freshman Connor Brumfield helped complete the four-game sweep over Hofstra on Sunday. Freshman Brian Sharp got his first career win, striking out three batters in 3.2 innings and allowing zero runs scored.

Michael Plassmeyer reset career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts against Hofstra Sunday. The freshman pitched six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits to go along with three strikeouts.

Junior Ryan Howard led the team in hits recording three on the day, as well two stolen bases and two runs scored. Howard got the ninth-inning rally started with a leadoff single.

The Tigers defense started strong allowing just one Hofstra batter to get on base through the first fourth-innings which came off a two-out error in the second inning. The Tigers had an opportunity to score after Howard singled then stole a base in the fourth, but Mizzou could not bring him across home.

With two out in the sixth, Howard got his second hit of the game ripping the ball into left field. Howard then recorded his second stolen base of the game. Junior Jake Ring singled to left to bring Howard home for the Tigers first run of the day, giving Mizzou a 1-0 lead.

Plassmeyer gave up consecutive hits to start the seventh which ended his day. Redshirt sophomore Cole Bartlett came on but allowed Hofstra to load the bases. Hofstra’s Matt Annunziata singled scoring a run and helping the Pride tie the ball game at one a piece.

Sharp got the final two outs of the inning, but Hofstra gained the lead for the first time on a sacrifice fly.

Both Howard and Ring got on base to start the ninth and senior Zach Lavy reached first on a bunt which loaded the bases for the Tigers. With one out in the ninth inning, sophomore Trey Harris hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game for Mizzou.

Sophomore Johnny Balsamo pinch ran for Sharp after a walk to begin the 10th inning. Balsamo advanced to second on a wild pitch then was bunted to third. On a full-count pitch, Brumfield drove the ball to right field for the game-winning hit.

The Tigers improve to 7-2 on the season and will return home for Opening Day on March 2 at 4 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. For more information about Mizzou Baseball, follow @MizzouBaseball on Twitter or check out mutigers.com.

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