Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

For the first time in program history the Missouri Tigers won a series against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. They took the first game 4-1 behind a strong performance from TJ Sikkema, the dropped the second game of the series 3-1, then won the series finale in walk-off fashion, 5-4.

In their SEC home opener, the Missouri Tigers picked up their 15th win in a row at home for the first time in 11 years against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The offense for the Tigers was on fire, racking up 11 total hits in the program’s first win ever against Mississippi State. Kameron Misner and Brett Bond both had three hits and Bond drove in two, Paul Gomez had two hits and Trey Harris had one, while scoring twice. TJ Sikkema got the nod for his first start of the season, and he had an outstanding performance. Sikkema went 7.0 innings, striking out seven, and only allowing four hits and one run.

In the second game of the series Mizzou wasn’t able to find the offensive production wasn’t as strong as it was in the first game. The Tigers racked up ten hits, but were only able to bring one run across the plate in the 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs in 15 innings. Mizzou also stranded 16 runners in the contest. Michael Plassmeyer had yet another fantastic start for the Tigers though, pitching a strong eight innings, striking out eight. That is his personal best for strikeouts in a conference game.

In the final game of the series, the Tigers were able to come from behind in the ninth inning to tie the game and then walked it off in the 11th to secure their first ever series win against the Bulldogs.  The Tigers offense continued to shine, racking up nine hits in the game, with three coming from Trey Harris and Kameron Misner. Freshman Mark Vierling was the star of the day for the Tigers though, driving in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning. Andy Toelken picked up the win for Mizzou after throwing a shutout 11th inning to move to 3-2 on the year.

The Tigers next game will be against the Auburn Tigers on March 30.