TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 25 Mizzou Baseball defeated Alabama, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon (March 18) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium to push its national-best winning streak to 18 games. The win streak is the second-longest streak in school history while the 18-1 record is the best start in the history of the program. The Tigers have also won their first SEC series since April 29-May 1 last season when they swept Tennessee. It is Mizzou's first SEC road series win since April 1-3 at Arkansas a year ago. Mizzou is now 18-1 and 2-0 in SEC play.
Sophomore OF Connor Brumfield (Columbia, Mo.) tallied a career-high five hits to lead an offense that pounded out 12 hits and drew eight walks. He is the second Tiger with a five-hit game this season after Mizzou had not accomplished that feat since 2011. Junior Robbie Glendinning (Scarborough, Australia) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and freshman OF Kameron Misner (Polar Bluff, Mo.) also drove in two runs.
Junior LHP Michael Plassmeyer (St. Louis, Mo.) earned his fourth win of the year after going 5.0 innings, striking out three while allowing just three earned runs and Mizzou has now won all five of his starts this season. Alabama LHP Dylan Duarte took the loss as the Tide fall to 10-9 (0-2 SEC).
For the second consecutive game, Brumfield led off the contest with hit, this time a triple into deep left center. He scored on a Brett Bond (St. Louis, Mo.) sacrifice fly to give Mizzou a 1-0 lead. Misner then hit a two-out, RBI single to give Mizzou a 2-0 lead. The Tigers saw 48 pitchers off Duarte in the first. Plassmeyer then came out and cruised through the first on 11 pitches.
Alabama got its first run of the series on a solo homer by C Kyle Kaufman with two outs in the bottom of the second, cutting the lead to 2-1. Mizzou got that run back in the fourth on an RBI bunt single from Brumfield and that knocked Duarte out of the game as Mizzou took a 3-1 lead. Junior Robbie Glendinning (Scarborough, Australia) then nearly cleared the bases with a liner into the right centerfield gap, but it was run down as he had to settle for a sacrifice fly. That gave Mizzou a 4-1 lead.
Alabama hit back-to-back, two-out double in the fourth to score a run, cutting the lead to 4-2 and then got an RBI single up the middle to cut the lead to 4-3. Mizzou stretched the lead to four runs with a three-spot in the sixth inning, taking advantage of three hits and three walks in the inning.
Junior RHP Nolan Gromacki (Smithville, Mo.) relived Plassmeyer in the sixth inning and was helped out by two tremendous plays by Ian Nelson (Lake St. Louis, Mo.), who entered the game in that inning as a defensive replacement. He pitched two perfect innings, picking up a pair of strikeouts.
Sophomore LHP Ty Shoaff (Akron, Ohio) came on in the eighth and he walked the leadoff man. Alabama wound up loading the bases with no outs, but Mizzou limited the damage as Misner ran down three hard hit balls into left, allowing just one run to score. Mizzou led 7-4 moving to the ninth. Cole Bartlett (Williamsburg, Ind.) closed the door from there.
Head Coach Steve Bieser Opening Statement... "Well played game by the guys today. You know, when I talk, it's about the process. This is how we want to continue to play Tiger baseball. I thought we did a good job on all three fronts, from pitching to defense to offense. Proud of the way that they came out relaxed today and responded."