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Missouri finishes baseball sweep of Alabama

Missouri finishes baseball sweep of Alabama

March 20th, 2017 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Home or away, it doesn't make any difference. The Missouri Tigers can win baseball games.

Missouri extended its winning streak to 19 games Sunday with a 9-5 victory against Alabama in SEC action. It's the third SEC sweep for Missouri (19-1, ranked No. 23) since it joined the league in 2013.

"Our guys did an excellent job of staying engaged all nine innings," Missouri coach Steve Bieser said. "Nothing was easy today and we had to work for everything that we got."

Missouri scored three runs in the top of the first inning Sunday before Alabama battled back to tie the game at 5 after four frames.

The Tigers plated three runs in the fifth and added an insurance tally in the ninth.

Robbie Glendinning had three of Missouri's 12 hits in the contest. Connor Brumfield and Nelson Mompierre added two each.

Brumfield drove in three runs Sunday, including two on a single in the pivotal fifth inning.

"They stayed engaged well they understand that imposing your will and staying locked in and focused if you can do that and be engaged for more pitches, then you will have an opportunity to get yourself a win," Bieser said. "I am really proud of these guys."

Cole Bartlett was the winner in relief for the Tigers. The third pitcher used by Missouri, Bartlett went 22/3 innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three.

TJ Sikkema pitched the final 31/3 innings for Missouri to get his third save of the season. He allowed two hits and one walk while striking out five.

Missouri won Friday night's opener 3-0 before posting a 7-4 victory Saturday.

The 19-game winning streak is tied with Louisville for the longest current run in NCAA Division I baseball.

Missouri will play its next eight games at home, starting with a 6:30 p.m. contest Tuesday against Little Rock. Missouri will resume SEC play next Friday when it opens a three-game series against Arkansas.