Kirksville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team fell victim to three unearned runs today and dropped the opener of an MIAA series at Truman State, falling to the Bulldogs, 5-2.
Southern (9-7, 5-6 MIAA) got five and a third innings from starter David Reese as he struck out five, walked two and allowed just two earned runs, while scattering six hits. Grant Contrad and Ryan Taylor threw the final two and two thirds innings in relief, allowing two ununearned runs.
Truman (3-10, 2-7 MIAA) starter Ryan Trimble threw eight innings, allowing just one unearned run, while Chris Allard threw the ninth, allowing one run.
Truman got on the board with a run in the first and the Lions answered with a run in the fourth when Dallas Burke scored on a passed ball.
The Bulldogs got a pair of runs in the fifth and added two more unearned runs in the eighth. Jesse Kinzey picked up his third home run of the season with a solo shot in the ninth.
Kinzey went 1-2 with a run and an RBI and walked twice. Burke had a hit and a run, while Tee Helsel had two hits.
The Lions will be back in action tomorrow with a pair of games, beginning at 1 pm.