Lions score 14 unanswered in 14-8 series finale win at Truman

Kirksville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team went down 8-0 today at Truman State University, but the Lions scored 14 unanswered runs and defeated the Bulldogs, 14-8 to take the series finale. 

Southern (14-19, 12-14 MIAA) saw Truman (9-21, 5-15 MIAA) score four runs in each of the second and third innings to go up 8-0 early. 

The Lions answered back, however, with four runs in the fourth, three in the sixth and seven in the eighth. Southern loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth before Patrick Deao drove in Jacob Taylor with a fielder's choice. Southern added an RBI double from Skyler Rawlins, as well as RBI singles from Vince Pironti and Zach Caldwell to cut the Bulldog lead in half. 

Rawlins started things up in the sixth when he doubled with one out. After another out, Caldwell reached on an error to put runners at the corners, before Zak Porath doubled home Rawlins. Joe Lincoln then drove in both Caldwell and Porath with a double of his own. 

The Lions then exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning. Caldwell started the inning off with an infield single and moved up to second on a sacrifice from Porath. Lincoln doubled to put runners at second and third and Taylor was intentionally walked to load the bases. That brought Shayne Hoke to the plate and the sophomore from Joplin singled up the middle to score Caldwell and Lincoln with the tying and go-ahead runs. 

Michael Zurmehly followed that up with a home run to right field scoring both Hoke and Taylor. The Lions scored two more runs in the inning when Caldwell reached on an error and another on a passed ball. 

Kevin Humphrey pitched six solid innings of relief of starter Carter Lance. Humphrey gave up four runs in his first inning of work, but held the Bulldogs scoreless for the final five. Corey Wells threw a perfect ninth. 

Hoke was 4-6 in the game with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Lincoln went 3-5 with two RBIs and a run, while Porath drove in two. Zurmehly had a home run and three RBIs, while Rawlins scored three times. 

The Lions will be back in action this Tuesday with a double-header against Drury at 5 pm in Joe Becker Stadium.