Brumfield’s big hit in the fifth put Tide away as Mizzou matches school record win streak
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Mizzou Baseball matched the longest winning streak in school history after sweeping Alabama with a 9-5 decision Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Tigers, at 19-1 and off to the best start in school history, have won 19 consecutive games. That ties the school record, which was originally set by the 1964 team. The sweep is also Mizzou's first SEC road sweep since March 15, 2015, at Georgia and just the third sweep for Mizzou since joining the league.
It was a wild, back-and-forth affair for the first four innings, but sophomore OF Connor Brumfield (Columbia, Mo.) delivered a crushing blow with a two-out, two-run single to spark a three-run fifth inning that seized momentum for the Tigers. From there, Mizzou got a scoreless frame in the bottom of the fifth from reliever Cole Bartlett (Williamsburg, Ind.) and LHP T.J. Sikkema (DeWitt, Iowa) closed the door from there, throwing the final 3.1 innings, striking out five with no runs, earning his third save of the season. Bartlett earned the win, his third of the season.
Just as it did in the first two games of the series, Mizzou scored in the first inning on Sunday. This time, Mizzou tallied three runs on four hits with clutch RBI singles from Kameron Misner (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) and Brett Bond (St. Louis, Mo.), followed by a sacrifice fly to the warning track by Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.), who just missed a homer with the swing.
Alabama got two of those runs back as Mizzou starter Andy Toelken (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) struggled in the first inning, issuing a pair of walks and committing and error that led to a pair of unearned runs. After Mizzou stranded a runner on second base in its half of the second, Toelken got the first two outs in Alabama's half, but a two-out double by Logan Carey and a single by Cobie Vance tied the game at 3-3.
Mizzou got the lead back in the top of the third inning on an Alex Samples (Bridgeport, Texas) two-out single through the right side to plate Harris, who walked and stole second. Brian Sharp (Liberty, Mo.) then just missed a homer, settling for a double as Mizzou put runners on second and third with two outs, forcing Alabama to go to the bullpen. After a walk, Connor Brumfield (Columbia, Mo.) roped one into the gap in right center with the bases loaded, but it was hauled in for the out.
Alabama tied the game in the bottom of the third on a one-out single into center by 3B Connor Short. The run was charged to Toelken but the hit came off Mizzou reliever Cameron Dulle (St. Louis, Mo.). Mizzou then regained the lead on a double steal in the fourth. Misner broke from first and forced the throw, but Alabama forgot about Robbie Glendinning (Scarborough, Australia) on third and he trotted home to give Mizzou the lead.
After Alabama again tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, Brumfield delivered a big two-out, two-run single in the fifth, followed by a Glendinning RBI single as Mizzou hung a three-spot in the fifth. Bartlett then allowed the first two men to reach in the bottom of the fifth, but Glendinnig made a leaping catch to snare a line drive for out No. 1 and then a 6-4-3 double play ended the frame as Mizzou finally hung a zero on the board.
Both teams settled things down from there and Mizzou tacked on another run in the ninth on an RBI single by Brumfield. Sikkema then closed it out in the ninth.
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Mizzou extended its win streak to 19 games, matching the school record set by the 1964 team, which eventually went on to finish as the College World Series runner-up.
The 19-game win streak is tied with No. 1 Louisville for the longest streak in the nation.
Mizzou now leads the all-time series with Alabama, 6-4.
At 19-1, Mizzou is off to the best start in school history.
Mizzou picks up its first SEC sweep since April 29-May 1, 2016, against Tennessee.
Mizzou picks up its first SEC road sweep since March 14-15, 2015, at Georgia.
The sweep is just Mizzou's third over an SEC opponent since joining the league in 2013 (41 total series).
With the win, Mizzou head coach Steve Bieser is off to the best start for any first-year coach in Mizzou history. His 19 wins are already the second-most ever by a first-year Mizzou head coach, trailing only Gene McArtor, who won 28 in his first year (1974). Tim Jamieson won 19 during his initial campaign in 1995.
Mizzou plated three runs in the first inning and scored in the first inning during all three games of the Alabama series.
Kameron Misner hit an RBI single in the first inning and has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive games.
Misner stole his team-leading 10th base of the season in the first inning.
Junior Brett Bond hit an RBI single in the first inning and has now reached base safely in 14 straight games, the longest streak by a Tiger this season.
Brian Sharp hit a double in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.
Freshman T.J. Sikkema extended his personal shutout inning streak to 27.0 innings.
Sikkema picked up five strikeouts, including one looking. He now leads the SEC with 46 strikeouts and 22 strikeouts looking in just 27.1 innings of work.
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