Red hot Mizzou baseball handles Houston

Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports

Friday, February 24–

The Missouri Tigers baseball team picked up their first victory over a ranked opponent this season when they defeated the No. 25 Houston Cougars 4-2 on Friday. It was the fifth victory in a row for the Tigers, who have been winning games in all sorts of different ways.

Dominant pitching headlined the victory. Missouri starting pitcher Andy Toelken picked up his first victory of the young season in impressive fashion, tossing 6 1/3 innings and allowing just two runs. It was easy to see he was in command on the mound, allowing zero walks and striking out four. The only knock on his outing was allowing two solo home runs in the fourth and sixth.

Freshman TJ Sikkema continued the dominance en route to his first save. Sikkema entered the game with the tying run on first and the go-ahead run at the plate. He worked out of the jam without surrendering a run. He also cruised through the eight and ninth, allowing zero baserunners in his 2 2/3 innings pitched.

On offense, Mizzou struck first. They scored two runs in the third inning via a passed ball and a sacrifice fly. By loading the bases to start the inning, the Tigers were able to set the table well enough to score without getting another hit.

With the game tied at two in the sixth, Mizzou put two on with two out. Connor Brumfield came to the plate and, in heroic fashion, drove in his fourth and fifth two-out RBIs of the season. The scoring ended there, but the untouchable Sikkema would need no more help.

The Tigers take the field again on Saturday, trying to defeat Corpus Christi for the second time on the weekend.