Southern baseball splits with Washburn in first of two double-headers

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning of game two and held off a late push by Washburn as the Lions split a double-header with the Ichabods today, dropping game one 12-7, but winning the nightcap, 12-11. 

Southern (13-13, 9-11 MIAA) batted around in the first inning of game two, scoring eight runs on four hits. The Lions scored their first three runs on a balk and back-to-back bases-loaded walks, and later benefitted on an error by the Ichabod (7-13, 7-10 MIAA) centerfielder when he dropped a fly ball off the bat of Jim Gilkerson that let both Cullen Baxter and Dallas Burke score. Dane Kolkmeyer added a two-RBI single and Harrison Gerber had an RBI double scoring Kolkmeyer.

Washburn added a run in the fourth, but the Lions answered back with two more in the bottom half of the inning, when Burke doubled home both Jesse Kinzey and Gerber. 

The Ichabods scored three more in the fifth to cut the lead to 10-4, but the Lions answered back with a single run in each of the fifth and sixth innings. Washburn would make it close with two runs in the seventh and eighth innings and three more in the ninth before Austin Brown came in and closed the game out. 

Brett Abell started and went six innings, striking out nine and walking just two to earn his fourth win of the year. Brown picked up his third save of the season. Burke went 3-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs, while Gerber was 3-4 with two runs and an RBI. Kolkmeyer went 2-4 with two runs and three RBIs, while CJ Matthews was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI. 

In game one, the Ichabods got to Lions' starter Cody Griebling early, scoring four runs in each of the first and third innings. Southern hung in there, scoring two in the first, one in the second and three in the third to trail 8-6 after three. But Washburn scored four runs over the next three innings to put the game away. 

Burke drove in three and scored a run in game one, while Kolkmeyer and Baxter both went 2-3 and Kinzey scored twice. 

The Lions and Bods will be back at it tomorrow afternoon with a double-header at noon.