Missouri Baseball defeats No. 25 Houston, extends win streak
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Missouri Baseball won their fifth consecutive game Friday afternoon by defeating No. 25 Houston four-to-two.
Mizzou (5-1) dropped their season opener to Eastern Michigan but hasn't lost since.
The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third inning, but the Tigers used small-ball to push across two runs in the frame. The first came off a passed ball from C Connor Wong which allowed junior 1B Matt Berler to race home and senior CF Kirby McGuire to advance to third. McGuire would score from a sacrifice fly off the bat of 3B Alex Samples.
The Cougars (3-2) would counter, scoring the next two runs. Houston cut the lead in half with a solo homer in the fourth from 2B Jake Scheiner. It was the first home run given up by Mizzou pitching this season. They added on though, evening it at two in the sixth inning from a Wong solo home run.
However, it didn't stay tied for long as in the bottom of the frame, a two-out bases-loaded single from former Rock Bridge Bruin Connor Brumfield plated two and gave Mizzou a four to two lead, which would hold as the final score. Brumfield now has five two-out RBI, a team best. Brumfield has reached base safely in all six games this season.
The game was largely dominated by pitching. The Tigers received a quality start from junior starter Andy Toelken, who went a career-high 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on only 80 pitches. Freshman TJ Sikkema entered in relief, striking out three in 2.2 perfect innings, earning his first career save.
Houston countered with preseason All-American Seth Romero, who took the loss. Romero lasted only 5.2 innings due to an inflated pitch count from a lack of command. He struck out 12, but had two walks, hit-by-pitch and wild pitch as well.
The Tigers will conclude the weekend with games against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Saturday and bragging rights against Illinois Sunday.