Kansas City, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern Lions stayed alive in the MIAA Postseason Tournament by knocking off the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats 10-3 Friday morning (May 7) at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. The Lions' next opponent is yet to be determined but they will play tomorrow afternoon (May 8) at 3 p.m.
The Lions fell behind early as Brandon Kirsch homered in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 Bearcat advantage.
Southern fought back with a pair of runs in the second as Shayne Hoke singled to lead off the inning and CJ Matthews doubled with one out. That was followed by a two-run single by Patrick Deao that put the Lions on top 2-1.
Hoke then extended the lead to two runs with a solo homer in the third inning.
After Kirsch again came through for the Bearcats with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, the Lions (27-25) added an unearned run tally in the fourth and another run in the fifth for a three-run lead.
Taylor led off the fifth with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bearcats (20-34) scored in the bottom of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Trevor Connor to claw within two runs, but the Lions pulled away with a four-run seventh inning.
Michael Zurmehly drove in the first run of the inning by reaching on a fielder's choice before the flood gates opened. Matthews, Deao and Dane Kolmeyer then came up and hit three consecutive RBI singles that extended the Lions' lead to 9-3.
Zurmehly hit his 13th homer of the season in the ninth inning to round out the scoring for the Lions.
Tyler Jinks held the Bearcats hitless over the final 1 2/3 innings. Lance lasted four innings and allowed three runs with three strikeouts.
Deao paced the Lions at the plate by going 3-of-5 with three RBI.