Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

Three Missouri Tigers combined to throw for the 10th no-hitter in program history in their series opening win against the UMBC Retrievers on Friday night. The Tigers were firing on all cylinders, and were victorious by a score of 7-1.

Bryce Montes De Oca got the nod to start for Mizzou, and he looked dominant from the very beginning. The redshirt junior struck out a career high 12 batters and allowed only two base runners, both off of walks. He didn’t only set a career high in strike outs though, he also set career-bests in innings pitched with 7.0 and hits allowed with none. Giovanni Lopez came in to relieve Montes De Oca in the eighth inning and continued the dominance. UMBC did pick up one run against Lopez, but they did so without collecting a hit. Lopez also picked up a pair of strikeouts in the top of the frame. In the ninth, Nolan Gromacki came in and shut the door on the Retrievers, throwing a perfect inning and picking up a pair of strikeouts for himself. The Tigers defense was also locked in during the contest, and didn’t commit a single error. This is the first no hitter for the Mizzou baseball team since Max Scherzer and Michael Cole no-hit Texas Tech in 2005.

The Missouri offense was also on fire against UMBC. Third baseman Brian Sharp continued his current hot streak in the first game of the series, going 3-4 with three RBI’s and an extra base hit with a double. Kameron Misner also had a great game at the plate, he was only single away from completing the cycle in his 3-4 performance, and padded the stat sheet with three runs scored and three RBI’s.

The Tigers continue their series against the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday. First pitch is set for 2:00.