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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