It just wasn’t the Tigers’ weekend as they dropped all three games despite having their fair share of chances on Friday and Saturday.
The weekend looked like it was going to get off to a great start for the Tigers for a good part of Friday night. After the Tigers put up a four-spot in the first inning, Alabama immediately responded with two runs of their own. However, the Tigers scored four more runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to make the score 8-4 following a couple more Alabama runs.
At this point, Tyler Ras left the game for the Tide and that was the turning point for the game. Alabama pitchers didn’t surrender another run in the game, and their bats came alive. 7 unanswered runs and a handful of Tiger errors put the Tide in control and allowed them to secure an 11-8 victory.
This Saturday, the Tigers changed up their pitching for the first time in a while. Instead of starting Spencer Miles, the Tigers brought him out of the bullpen and started Konnor Ash.
For the most part, the pitching plan worked out for the Tigers, but the bats did not show up. Apart from Brandt Belk stealing home, the Tiger offense was silent after Tre Morris delivered an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Not all of it was on the Tiger bats, however, as Dylan Smith was absolutely dialed in for the Tide. In 8 innings, he gave up just 2 ER and had 11 K, leaving Mizzou hitters baffled.
The Alabama offense was not spectacular, but they did enough to get the job done and Missouri fell off 5-2.
On Sunday, the Tigers got the performance of Zach Hise’s Mizzou career to this point. The freshman gave the Tigers 7 innings of 1 ER baseball and added 6 Ks to his line. The Tide had no answer for Hise, and it wasn’t till Hise left the game that they were able to get their offense going.
When Hise left the game, the Tigers led 2-0 and they turned the ball to Mr. Reliable Lukas Veinbergs to seal the victory. However, it was the Tiger defense that dropped the ball with a chance to win the game. Trying to tie the game up, the Tide put down a sac bunt, and a throwing error from Cam Swanger allowed the Tide to tie it up at 2-2. A couple of batters later it was 3-2, and the Tigers were unable to answer in the 9th.
Following this sweep, the Tigers now sit outside of the SEC tournament picture, and if they are unable to pick up a game next weekend against Tennessee, the Tigers’ season could come to an end earlier than expected.
Standout Performer of the Weekend
Zach Hise- It seems like every weekend the Tigers have gotten one dominant pitching performance for about the last month, and this weekend it was Zach Hise. To go 7+ innings against a formidable SEC opponent is always an accomplishment. Now it’s just a matter if he and Halvorsen can both be dialed in on the same weekend.