KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Baseball Baseball en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 27 May 2017 04:05:28 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Cardinals trade Matt Adams to the Braves http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-trade-matt-adams-to-the-braves/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-trade-matt-adams-to-the-braves/ Baseball Sat, 20 May 2017 5:34:22 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals trade Matt Adams to the Braves

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals announced Saturday via Twitter that the team has traded first basemen Matt Adams and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves will send minor league infielder Juan Yepez to the Cardinals. 

Adams, 28, spent his entire career with St. Louis. He's a career .271 hitter with a .315 OBP and 56 home runs. Adams had been reduced to a bench role this season, playing behind All-Star Matt Carpenter.

Cardinal general manager John Mozeliak, speaking to reporters following the trade, said that flexibility was a reason for the move.

"I don't think Matt wanted to be already pigeonholed into a pinch hitting role," Mozeliak said. "Yes we had some early successes, but how sustainable is that?"

The Cardinals also activated outfielder Stephen Piscotty prior to Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Adams will likely play first base for Atlanta in place of the injured All-Star Freddie Freeman, who broke his wrist Wednesday and is expected to miss 10 weeks. 

Yepez, 19, was hitting .275 for the Brave's Class A Rome minor league team and will be assigned to Class A Peoria with the Cardinals. 

Speaking on Yepez, Mozeliak said that the organization is excited to have him.

"He's a young player already playing at a High-A level and holding his own," Mozeliak said. "It's a little bit of a lottery ticket in a sense."



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Local Scores: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-may-16-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-may-16-2017/ Baseball Tue, 16 May 2017 8:50:14 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Tuesday, May 16, 2017:

NAIA Softball Championship (Columbia College Regional):

Columbia College 9, Grand View 0

NAIA Baseball Championship (Georgia Gwinnett Regional):

LSU Shreveport 6, Central Methodist 4

High School Baseball: 

Jefferson City 6, Hickman 2

Linn 5, Vienna 1


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Local Scores: Monday, May 15, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-monday-may-15-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-monday-may-15-2017/ Baseball Mon, 15 May 2017 9:04:56 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Monday, May 15, 2017

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Monday, May 15, 2017:

NAIA Softball Championship (Columbia College Regional):

Columbia College 8, University of the Cumberlands 0

NAIA Baseball Championship (Georgia Gwinnett Regional):

Webber International (Fla.) 3, Central Methodist 0

High School Boys Baseball

Class 5, District 9 Tournament:

Jefferson City 10, Smith-Cotton 0 (Final/5)

Hickman 6, Rock Bridge 2

Class 3, District 7 Tournament:

Hallsville 7, North Callaway 3


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Cardinals even series with Cubs in front of record crowd http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-even-series-with-cubs-in-front-of-record-crowd/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-even-series-with-cubs-in-front-of-record-crowd/ Baseball Sat, 13 May 2017 8:57:49 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals even series with Cubs in front of record crowd

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals responded from a series-opening loss Friday night to even the series with the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon, 5-3, in front of 47,882 attendees, a record for Busch Stadium III, which opened in 2006.

The third-most ticket sales for a regular season game in Busch III history happened Friday night, 47,601.

Chicago opened the scoring in the second inning with a RBI from starting pitcher Jon Lester (1-2), his first double of the season and second RBI. Lester now has eight career hits, four coming off of St. Louis starting pitcher, Carlos Martinez (1-2).

Martinez, not to be outdone, picked up his own RBI in the third inning on a squeeze play that turned into a bunt single when Lester failed to throw out left fielder Tommy Pham at home. Martinez has four hits and five RBIs in his past two starts.

In the fourth inning, Cardinal third baseman Jedd Gyorko hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot, to give the Cardinals their first lead of the game at 2-1. In the same inning, Pham drove home Yadier Molina with a single to add insurance.

Pham drove in second baseman Greg Garcia in the sixth inning to further extend the lead to 4-1 with a double to center. It proved to be the winning run. While filling in for the injured Stephen Piscotty, had two hits, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.

The Cardinals added another run on a Magneuris Sierra single also in the sixth, but the Cubs countered in the seventh with a two-run home run by right fielder Ian Happ in his first career start. It was Happ's first career hit and cut the Cardinal lead to 5-3.

Happ, filling in for the ailing Ben Zobrist, was the ninth pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and the 63rd-ranked prospect in baseball, according to ESPN.

That would end the comeback attempt as Cardinal manager Mike Matheny pulled Carlos Martinez after the homer. St. Louis's bullpen allowed only one base runner in 2.1 innings.

Michael Wacha was originally scheduled to start for St. Louis, but had his turn in the rotation pushed back for rest. Martinez went 6.2 innings in his absence, allowing the three runs and striking out seven. 

Lester was pulled after 5.2 innings pitched. He was charged with four runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out nine.

This is the second time Martinez and Lester opposed each other this season. The first, opening night, was a 4-3 victory for St. Louis. Both pitchers earned no decisions that night.

First pitch of the rubber game Sunday is at 1:00 p.m. Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals against Jake Arrieta. Wainwright has 13 wins against the Cubs, second most among active pitchers while Arrieta is 8-2 in 14 career starts against the Cardinals. With a Cub win, manager Joe Maddon will become the eighth active manager to reach 1,000 wins.


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Houck's complete game leads Mizzou over South Carolina http://www.komu.com/news/houck-s-complete-game-leads-mizzou-over-south-carolina/ http://www.komu.com/news/houck-s-complete-game-leads-mizzou-over-south-carolina/ Baseball Sat, 13 May 2017 8:06:21 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Houck's complete game leads Mizzou over South Carolina

COLUMBIA, Mo - Mizzou baseball's Tanner Houck threw his first complete game of the season Saturday afternoon in what could be his final home game in a Tiger uniform as MU evened its series against South Carolina with a 5-3 win.

Houck (4-7), a junior, is widely considered one of the top prospects in the draft and is expected to forgo his senior season to enter the MLB Draft in June.

The five runs scored by Mizzou are the most support Houck received in conference play this season. The Tigers opened the scoring with a RBI single by junior Robbie Glendinning in the first inning.

South Carolina (30-20, 12-14 SEC) countered with runs in the second, third and fifth innings to take its first lead at 2-1. A two-out solo home run from sophomore Jacob Olson tied the game and a RBI single from junior Jonah Bride gave the Gamecocks the advantage. USC extended its lead with another solo home run in the fifth off the bat of freshman Carlos Cortez, the last run Houck would allow.

Mizzou (30-21, 10-16 SEC) countered in the bottom of the frame with two runs of its own. A double from freshman Chris Cornelius scored junior Matt Berler. With two outs, Glendinning then hit his second RBI single of the contest to tie it at three.

The game-winning run scored for the Tigers on a solo home run from freshman Kameron Misner in the sixth. Mizzou extended the lead in the seventh inning on a single from junior Brett Bond, scoring Cornelius and finalizing the score at 5-3.

Houck struck out three of the final four batters he faced en route to a season-high 10 for the game. His 288 career strikeouts rank fourth in program history and he's now eight in career innings pitched.

Junior Bryce Montes de Oca will take the hill in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. 

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Mizzou baseball falters in Sikkema's first start http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-falters-in-sikkema-s-first-start/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-falters-in-sikkema-s-first-start/ Baseball Sat, 13 May 2017 11:16:58 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou baseball falters in Sikkema's first start

COLUMBIA, Mo - Missouri baseball dropped its series opener Friday night to South Carolina, 4-3, in freshman T.J. Sikkema's first start of the season.

Mizzou's usual closer, Sikkema started in place of junior Tanner Houck, who had his next start pushed back to Saturday. Sikkema entered the game leading the Tigers in ERA (2.39), opposing batting average (1.72), wins (seven) and saves (four).

Sikkema (7-1) retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced to get through four scoreless innings. The Tiger offense gave him a two-run lead in the third on a RBI triple by freshman Chris Cornelius and a wild pitch that would've been the final out of the inning on a swinging strike three, but instead allowed senior Kirby McGuire to reach base and Cornelius to score from third.

The fifth inning proved to be more difficult for Sikkema. The first three Gamecock batters of the fifth all reached base, the last being a double from junior catcher Hunter Taylor, to drive in two and tie the game. Sikkema retired the next three batters to exit the inning.

South Carolina (29-20, 12-13 SEC) broke through again in the sixth inning. Sikkema retired the first two Gamecock batters he faced before walking junior Alex Destino. First-year Mizzou coach Steve Bieser decided to go to his bullpen, calling on redshirt-junior Cole Bartlett to finish the inning. The first batter Bartlett faced, junior third baseman Jonah Bride hit a two-run homer to left-center to give South Carolina a 4-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish and put Sikkema on the hook.

Sikkema's final line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

Mizzou (29-21, 9-16 SEC) rallied in the eighth inning. Sophomore Connor Brumfield, a Columbia native, hit a RBI double to cut the deficit to one. With two men on and two out, freshman Kameron Misner grounded out  to second base to strand the runners.

Wil Crowe (5-4) earned the win for South Carolina, striking out nine and allowing just four hits in seven innings. Junior Tyler Johnson retired Misner in the eighth and set down the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.

With the loss, the Tigers are two games back of Ole Miss in the overall SEC standings. 

Houck will start Saturday in what will likely be his final home appearance, followed by Bryce Montes de Oca in the finale Sunday. First pitch Saturday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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Missouri baseball, softball split Saturday contests http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-softball-split-saturday-contests/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-softball-split-saturday-contests/ Baseball Sat, 6 May 2017 8:11:19 PM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri baseball, softball split  Saturday contests

NASHVILLE - The Missouri baseball team picked up its first ever victory over Vanderbilt Saturday, outlasting the Commodores 2-1 in 12 innings.

Tanner Houck once again pitched well for the Tigers, going eight innings, striking out nine while only allowing five hits. He would get a no-decision, though, as Vanderbilt tied the game in the bottom of the 9th.

Then, in the 12th inning, Robbie Glendinning drove in a run with an RBI single to right field, giving Missouri the lead for good.

The Tigers improve to 29-19 overall on the season and 9-14 in SEC play.

Meanwhile, the struggles continue for the Missouri softball team. They lost 12-4 Saturday to (21) Ole Miss, falling to 28-25 on the season.

The Tigers actually went up 2-1 early in the game, but a grand slam from the Rebels' Courtney Syrett opened up the flood gates for the Ole Miss offense. The Rebels scored 11 runs in the final three innings of the game to pull away from Missouri.

Defense was an issue all day for the Tigers. Missouri committed seven errors on the day, which is a program record.

Both the baseball and softball programs finish up their respective series on Sunday. Baseball is on the road in Nashville, while softball is home at Mizzou Stadium.

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Cardinals complete sweep against the Pirates behind Fowler's big bat http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-complete-sweep-against-the-pirates-behind-fowler-s-big-bat/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-complete-sweep-against-the-pirates-behind-fowler-s-big-bat/ Baseball Wed, 19 Apr 2017 5:46:51 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals complete sweep against the Pirates behind Fowler's big bat

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 2-1 Wednesday afternoon for the third time in a row, completing their first sweep of the season. Michael Wacha got the win for the redbirds and Gerrit Cole was handed the loss, his second of the season. 

The first score of the game didn't come until the bottom of the third inning when CF Dexter Fowler cracked a home run into the lower deck in right field, his first home run as a Cardinal. With no runners on base, this elevated the score to 1-0 in favor of the Cardinals. 

This lead did not last, though, as in the next frame, Pirates 1B Josh Bell belted a home run to center to level the score at 1-1. This was Wacha's (2-1) first blemish of the game as he had been perfect through the first three innings. He would settle down after that, however, and was able to toss 6.2 innings of four-hit ball, only giving up the one run. 

He barely out dueled Pirates SP Cole (1-2) who was also impressive, 6.0 innings pitched with only six hits allowed and eight strikeouts. His one problem was the inability to deal with Fowler, who once again got to him in the bottom of the fifth for his second homer of the day. Fowler again showcased his power to right, and swiped the lead back for his Cardinals, 2-1. 

Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh was unavailable after pitching the previous two games, so they leaned on RP Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. He was able to maneuver around a John Jaso single and got his first save of the season. 

The Cards are on their way to Milwaukee for a game against the Brewers on Thursday, first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT at Miller Park. 


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Missouri baseball teams up against sexual assault http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-teams-up-against-sexual-assault/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-teams-up-against-sexual-assault/ Baseball Mon, 17 Apr 2017 7:20:29 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri baseball teams up against sexual assault

COLUMBIA - Along with the traditional black and gold, teal was the color on display at Taylor Stadium on Friday.

The color of sexual assault awareness month splattered the stands as part of a "Teal Out" for Missouri's series opener against No. 10 Kentucky. It was the first of its kind in all of Division I athletics.

The "Teal Out" was the culmination of Missouri's partnership with It's On Us, a national organization committed to helping end sexual violence on campus.

"It helps set that national standard that this is something that athletics should be taking seriously," said Tori Schafer, the director of It's On Us at MU. "This is something we should be having proactive conversations about in the future."

The baseball team is the first athletic team at Missouri to officially partner with It's On Us. Junior relief pitcher Nolan Gromacki spearheaded the team's involvement.

"The support I have from those guys in the locker room is more than I could ask for," Gromacki said. "Having their support makes it easy to do stuff like this because I know every guy in that locker room and every coach has my back."

Gromacki also serves as co-president of Missouri's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. His goal is to change the assumptions about college athletes.

"It's absolutely shocked some people," Gromacki said. "There's a lot of groups on campus that don't think so highly of athletes a lot of the time, especially talking about stuff like It's On Us. Seeing how people have kind of flipped their predisposition about what a baseball player should look like and those assumptions that they wouldn't want to be involved with things like this was pretty special tonight."

Schafer has been involved with It's On Us for two years, but official programming at MU did not start until April 10. The "Teal Out" game was the final event of the organization's first week of action on campus.

"I feel like there's a stigma around talking about sexual assault and athletics, so we're really grateful that Coach Bieser decided to take up this initiative and promote a positive cause and change on our campus," Schafer said.

For Gromacki, his inspiration comes from his sister, who will attend MU in the fall.

"This school means so much to me and I want to be able to take the love I have for my family and try to reciprocate that to everyone on campus," Gromacki said.

While the baseball team is the first Mizzou team to get involved, Schafer said she has already been approached by the track team. She said she also plans to reach out to other teams on campus, like women's basketball, football and softball.

"I think it's going to be pretty contagious," Gromacki said. "I feel like other sports are going to want to get involved because they see the energy it can bring around the program."

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Mizzou baseball wins series against Georgia http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-wins-series-against-georgia/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-wins-series-against-georgia/ Baseball Sat, 8 Apr 2017 6:49:40 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Mizzou baseball wins series against Georgia

ATLANTA - Mizzou baseball won the rubber game of its series over the University of Georgia Saturday, 6-1, at the brand new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. 

33,025 people attended the game, the second-largest crowd to ever see a college baseball game.

Junior starting pitcher Bryce Montes De Oca (3-1) threw a career-high six innings for the Tigers, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six en route to a victory.

Tiger freshman pitcher T.J. Sikkema relieved Montes De Oca in the seventh inning and earned his fourth save of the season by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.

Trailing 1-0 following a Georgia sacrifice fly in the second, Mizzou (23-9, 6-6 SEC) countered in the fourth. After the first two batters of the inning walked, junior outfielder and Atlanta native Trey Harris hit his second homer in as many days to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Mizzou added three more insurance runs in the eighth inning. Sophomore Brian Sharp singled in a run in the inning and junior Alex Samples scored two with a double.

Georgia (14-19, 4-8 SEC) struggled to get timely hits. The Bulldogs hit .067 (1-15) with runners on base and didn't get a hit in nine at bats with runners in scoring position.

The Tigers will next open a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.


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Mizzou baseball ends losing skid in Georgia. http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-ends-losing-skid-in-georgia-/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-ends-losing-skid-in-georgia-/ Baseball Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:36:16 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou baseball ends losing skid in Georgia.

ATHENS, Ga. - Mizzou baseball defeated the University of Georgia, 8-5, Friday night.

The win ended a seven-game losing streak for Mizzou (22-9, 5-6 SEC).

The Tigers led wire-to-wire, scoring in the first inning on a two-run homer from junior outfielder Trey Harris to take an early lead.

Mizzou scored five more in the third inning. Both junior Alex Samples and freshman Chris Cornelius picked up 2 RBI with singles in the inning.

Georgia (14-18, 4-7 SEC) responded in the bottom half, getting two runs back on a single from junior Will Campbell and a double from freshman Aaron Schunk.

Mizzou added an insurance run in the fourth, but Georgia continued a comeback effort by scoring two more in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the Tiger lead to 8-5. 

Tiger sophomore starting pitcher Michael Plassmeyer was pulled after 3.1 innings. He allowed eight hits and three runs. He was relieved by freshman T.J. Sikkema, who lasted an inning but was pulled after allowing two runs, one earned, in the fifth. 

Cole Bartlett (4-0) closed the inning without allowing further damage and finished the game in the same fashion. He ended the Bulldog comeback effort by throwing 4.1 shutout innings to earn the victory.

Mizzou and Georgia will play the rubber match of the series Saturday at 12:30.

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Mizzou's Houck loses ace dual to Florida's Faedo http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-houck-loses-ace-dual-to-florida-s-faedo/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-houck-loses-ace-dual-to-florida-s-faedo/ Baseball Sat, 1 Apr 2017 8:14:39 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Houck loses ace dual to Florida's Faedo

COLUMBIA - No. 23 Mizzou baseball dropped the series opener to the No. 9 Florida Gators Friday night, 4-3.

Mizzou (21-5, 4-3 SEC) have now lost four of five games after winning 20 straight in what was the best start to a season in program history.

Dozens of scouts were in attendance to watch teammates on the USA collegiate team square off, junior starting pitchers Tanner Houck and Alex Faedo, both likely first round picks in the summer's upcoming MLB draft.

Houck (3-3) allowed four runs, three earned, in seven innings. He surrendered a season-high eight hits and took the loss.

Mizzou got runners on base against Faido, but struggled to drive runners in. The Tigers stranded lead off hitter, sophomore Connor Brumfield, at third in the first inning. MU couldn't score sophomore Brian Sharp after his lead off walk in the second. Two more were stranded on base in the third.

Sharp has now reached base safely in 15 straight games.

In the sixth, freshman Kameron Misner’s bunt single and steal gave Mizzou a runner in scoring position with one out, but Faedo retired two consecutive Tigers to prevent any runs from scoring.

Florida (17-9, 3-4 SEC) was able to push across four runs before Mizzou could get on the scoreboard.

Mizzou broke through with two outs in the seventh on freshman Chris Cornelius’ RBI single, scoring junior Alex Samples.

With Houck out of the game, the Tigers plated two more runs in the eighth. Sharp singled home junior Trey Harris to cut the Gators' lead in half. Faedo hit Samples to extend the inning with two outs, his final pitch of the night.

Faedo (5-1) finished after 7.2 innings, allowing three runs, one earned. He struck out seven.

Out of the bullpen, freshman lefty Andrew Baker gave up an opposite-field single to junior pinch hitter Brett Bond, scoring Misner and cutting the Florida lead to 4-3.

Florida went to the bullpen once more, bringing sophomore Michael Byrne into the game. He struck out Mizzou sophomore pinch-hitter Ian Nelson on three pitches and worked a perfect ninth to earn his third save.

The Tigers and Gators will go again Saturday at 2:00 p.m.


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Missouri baseball and softball drop rubber games Sunday http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-and-softball-drop-rubber-games-sunday/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-and-softball-drop-rubber-games-sunday/ Baseball Sun, 26 Mar 2017 8:01:49 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball and softball drop rubber games Sunday

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball and softball lost Sunday to drop both of their respective series.

Mizzou softball (18-13, 1-4 SEC) fell to No. 7 Texas A&M, 7-3, in College Station while Mizzou baseball (21-3, 4-2 SEC) lost to Arkansas, 9-8, in Columbia.

Mizzou softball earned an early 3-1 lead against Texas A&M, using RBI singles from senior Natalie Flemming and sophomore Rylee Pierce. The Aggies were forced to pull starter Trinity Harrington after allowing eight hits in just one inning pitched.

Texas A&M (28-3, 7-2 SEC) responded by scoring in all of the first five innings, including a three-run third, to take a 7-3 advantage that would hold as the final score. 

The Mizzou lead was 3-2 in the third inning with two outs on Texas A&M batters, but Aggie freshman Sarah Hudek hit a three-run home run to gain a 5-3 advantage.

The Tigers totaled 12 hits, but stranded a season high 11 runners on base.

Mizzou baseball also earned an early lead against Arkansas following a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to the warning track in the first inning from sophomore Brian Sharp to make it 1-0.

Arkansas (20-5, 5-1 SEC) responded in the top of the second with a lead-off homer from freshman Dominic Fletcher. The Razorbacks added two more runs on three hits before junior Tiger starting pitcher Andy Toelken was pulled without recording an out in the second.

Toelken received his first loss of the season.

Arkansas added four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-1 advantage following a Mizzou error with two outs and highlighted by a three-run homer from sophomore catcher Grant Koch. 

Four of the Razorback runs followed errors and were unearned.

Arkansas would add its third and final homer of the game in the fifth inning off the bat of junior Carson Shaddy. 

The Tigers trailed 9-3 in the eighth inning, but rallied to score four in the bottom of the frame. Two runs scored on a wild pitch that struck out Kameron Misner and got lost behind home plate.

Mizzou continued to rally in the ninth, scoring once more, with two outs, on a RBI single from sophomore Ian Nelson. However, sophomore Connor Brumfield struck out looking with the tying run on second base as Arkansas escaped with the win.

Mizzou softball is back in action Wednesday for a double-header at Wichita State.

Mizzou baseball will look to respond to its first series loss of the season Tuesday when the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks come to Columbia.


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Missouri baseball starts new streak, beats Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-starts-new-streak-beats-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-starts-new-streak-beats-arkansas/ Baseball Sat, 25 Mar 2017 6:26:14 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball starts new streak, beats Arkansas

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball defeated Arkansas 7-2 Saturday to get back to winning ways.

Arkansas (19-5, 4-1 SEC) ended Mizzou's nation-long 20-game winning streak Friday night.

The Tigers (21-2, 4-1) powered past the Razorbacks with a six-run sixth inning, handing Arkansas starting pitcher Trevor Stephan his first loss of the season.

Mizzou starting pitcher, sophomore Michael Plassmeyer, allowed one run in five innings. The lone run he surrendered came from a solo home run off the bat of Razorback junior Chad Spanberger.

The score was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning until junior Robbie Glendinning hit a two-run homer to left filed. The next batter, sophomore Brian Sharp, followed that with a home run of his own to extend the lead to 4-1.

Later in the bottom of the sixth still, junior catcher Nelson Mompierre hit the third home run of the frame with a man on base to make the Tiger lead 6-1.

Mizzou would add one more in the inning before Arkansas could escape down 7-1.

Arkansas would score once more in the eighth, but Mizzou reliever T.J. Sikkema shut them down before it became trouble.

Sikkema earned his fifth win of the season in relief, allowing the one run in four innings.

The series will be decided Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Andy Toelken will take the hill for Mizzou.  

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Missouri baseball's winning streak comes to an end against Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-winning-streak-comes-to-an-end-against-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-winning-streak-comes-to-an-end-against-arkansas/ Baseball Fri, 24 Mar 2017 7:28:33 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball's winning streak comes to an end against Arkansas

COLUMBIA - The No. 20 Missouri Tigers baseball team lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 9-2 Friday, ending the nation's longest winning streak at 20 games.

Arkansas (19-4, 4-0 SEC) scored five runs in the second inning and led wire-to-wire to win its seventh consecutive game.

Mizzou (20-2, 3-1 SEC) had as many errors as runs scored. One error came in the five-run Arkansas second inning that allowed two unearned runs to score off of Tiger starting pitcher Tanner Houck.

The Preseason All-American, Houck surrendered five runs, three earned, in only 3.2 innings pitched.

That's when a two hour, eleven minute rain and lightning delay ceased play. The game was originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, but with impending weather, it was moved up to a noon start.

While Houck couldn't return, Razorback starting pitcher Blaine Knight returned to finish six innings, allowing two runs.

Trailing 6-0, Mizzou attempted to climb back in the game with runs scored in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 6-2. 

However, the Razorbacks would respond with runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to put the Tigers away.

Mizzou and Arkansas will play game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. 

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With win over Arkansas Little Rock, Mizzou baseball tallies 20 in a row http://www.komu.com/news/with-win-over-arkansas-little-rock-mizzou-baseball-tallies-20-in-a-row/ http://www.komu.com/news/with-win-over-arkansas-little-rock-mizzou-baseball-tallies-20-in-a-row/ Baseball Wed, 22 Mar 2017 6:00:20 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer With win over Arkansas Little Rock, Mizzou baseball tallies 20 in a row

COLUMBIA - Missouri Baseball eclipsed Arkansas Little Rock by a tally of 11-8 on Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium to build on their impressive now 20-game win streak. The Tigers currently rank No. 18 in the country on Baseball America's mid-season rankings and their 20-1 mark is the best in program history. 

Missouri wasted no time, amassing six runs in the first inning. The hit parade began when catcher Brett Bond singled to left, scoring two. Nelson Mompierre then brought Bond and Kameron Misner around to score on an RBI single of his own. The Tigers tagged Little Rock starter Carter Brown for three runs right out of the gate and he was yanked from the game before he was able to record an out. The Trojans needed two more pitchers to finish the inning and the score was 6-0 when the teams made it to their dugouts. 

Missouri starter Bryce Montes De Oca did his fair share on the hill as well. The right-hander allowed only two runs on four hits through his four innings and recorded 4 K's. 

The Tigers saw their lead grow to 8-0 before it slowly began to dissipate. The Trojans began to eat into the deficit in the fourth inning when senior outfielder Hunter Owens reached base via infield single, scoring Cale Ridling. After a hit batsman and an error by the Tigers, UALR had cut the score to 4-8. 

Missouri regained its composure, though, in the fifth inning. Robbie Glendinning, Brett Bond and Brian Sharp all added RBIs to the Tiger campaign and the lead was pushed to 11-4 in their favor. This would be enough for them to close the door on UALR and they won by a score of 11-8. 

Junior Brett Bond has now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games and outfielder Misner is right behind him at 13 games. The Tigers will look to continue their winning streak against an equally hot Arkansas team on Friday. The Razorbacks will come into Columbia as winners of 9 of their last 10. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. 

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No. 25 Missouri baseball extends streak with win over Alabama http://www.komu.com/news/no-25-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-with-win-over-alabama/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-25-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-with-win-over-alabama/ Baseball Sat, 18 Mar 2017 8:25:03 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 25 Missouri baseball extends streak with win over Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 25 Mizzou Baseball defeated Alabama 7-4 Saturday.

With the victory, the team extends its win streak to 18 games, which is the longest active one in the nation.

The 18-1 record is the best start in program history. The win streak is the second-longest one in school history, trailing only the 1964 team that won 19 straight.

Mizzou struck early as sophomore Connor Brumfield led off the game with a triple into deep left center. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brett Bond to give Mizzou a 1-0 lead. Freshman Kameron Misner also hit a two-out, RBI single to give Mizzou a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers never lost the lead, going wire-to-wire in the victory.

Brumfield, a Columbia native, went 5-5 with an RBI. He's the second Tiger with a five-hit game this season. Junior Robbie Glendinning complemented his performance with two hits and two RBI of his own. 

Sophomore starting pitcher Michael Plassmeye earned his fourth victory of the season, allowing three runs in five innings. 

Mizzou will look to sweep the series Sunday as junior Andy Toelken will take the mound against Alabama senior Nick Eicholtz.


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No. 23 Missouri baseball extends streak, defeats Alabama in SEC opener http://www.komu.com/news/no-23-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-defeats-alabama-in-sec-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-23-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-defeats-alabama-in-sec-opener/ Baseball Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:22:24 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 23 Missouri baseball extends streak, defeats Alabama in SEC opener

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 23 Missouri baseball opened conference play Friday night by defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 3-0.

Mizzou (17-1, 1-0 SEC) extended its winning streak to 17 games, tied with Louisville for the nation's longest active winning streak. It is the best record through 18 games in program history.

The Tigers used small-ball to jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. A bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Brian Sharp were responsible for the runs.

That was all Preseason All-American starter Tanner Houck would need. Houck earned his third win of the season. His line: 7 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 R.

Junior outfielder Trey Harris added an insurance run with his solo home run in the ninth and freshman TJ Sikkema earned his second save of the season with two shutout innings, striking out five.

Mizzou and Alabama will conclude the series on Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Michael Plassmeyer will take the mound Saturday and junior Andy Toelken will get the ball Sunday.  

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Mizzou Baseball makes history with 16th consecutive win http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-makes-history-with-16th-consecutive-win/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-makes-history-with-16th-consecutive-win/ Baseball Wed, 15 Mar 2017 8:33:22 PM Bradley Smith, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Baseball makes history with 16th consecutive win

COLUMBIA - With the MU basketball team stealing much of Wednesday's headlines with the hiring of new basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, the MU baseball team had an historic win at Taylor Stadium against Chicago State beating the Cougars 7-6 in 13 innings.

The Tigers struggled defensively in the game and committed 7 errors on the afternoon. However, they were able to make up for their defensive miscues by getting 13 hits.

The game went into extra innings tied up at 4-4, when Chicago State’s first baseman Rick Salazar smashed a 2-run home run in the top of the 11th inning to put the Cougars ahead 6-4.

The Tigers then mounted a comeback of their own in the bottom of the 11th as sophomore outfielder Connor Brumfield drilled a double that scored Kameron Misner and Brian Sharp to tie score a 6-6.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the 13th inning that MU was able to make history. With Connor Brumfield at the plate and the winning run at third, he hit a pop up to left field that was dropped by the left fielder. After the umpires reviewed if the ball was fair or foul, it was upheld and MU won 7-6.

The Tigers baseball team is off to their best start in team history with a record of 16-1 and are 3 wins shy of tying their most consecutive wins in a row at 19. Their next game is the SEC opener Friday evening against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

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Missouri baseball extends winning streak, shuts out Appalachian State http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-extends-winning-streak-shuts-out-appalachian-state/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-extends-winning-streak-shuts-out-appalachian-state/ Baseball Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:44:26 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball extends winning streak, shuts out Appalachian State

COLUMBIA - Preseason All-American Tanner Houck was one out away from a complete-game shutout Friday night as Missouri defeated Appalachian State 4-0 Friday night.

Mizzou (13-1) hasn't lost since the season opener to Eastern Michigan. The 13-game winning streak is tied for the longest active streak nationally.

In 8.2 innings, Houck only allowed 4 hits and pitched around three errors and two walks to earn his second victory of the season.

Offensively, freshman LF Kameron Misner started the scoring for Mizzou with an RBI single in the first inning to score Robbie Glendinning. He earned another RBI in the two-run tiger seventh, scoring sophomore Connor Brumfield. Misner finished 2-5 with 2 RBI. 

Appalachian State (6-7) made it interesting in the ninth inning, getting runners on first and third base with only one out. Houck forced a popout from senior Avery Jackson for out number two. Houck was then pulled Houck for sophomore Ty Shoaff.

Shoaff walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, and was pulled for junior Nolan Gromacki. With the bases loaded and two outs, Gromacki redshirt junior Jared McCarver to earn the save and a win for Houck.

The Tigers and Mountaineers will face off two more times this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Sophomore Michael Plassmeyer and junior Andy Toelken are slated to take the mound for the Tigers.

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