Southern baseball splits a double-header at Pittsburg State

Pittsburg, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team split a double-header today at Pittsburg State, winning the opener, 11-1, but falling in the nightcap 2-0. 

The Lions (21-15, 14-14 MIAA) received a stellar pitching performance from game one starter Cody Griebling, as the senior went the distance, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out six and walking none to pick up his sixth win of the season. 

Southern started strong in the opener, scoring seven runs in the top of the first. Tee Helsel had a big hit in the inning with a bases clearing double off the wall in left field. Dane Kolkmeyer and Jesse Kinzey followed that up with RBI singles, while Luke Acosta finished the scoring with at two-RBI double as the Lions batted around in the first. 

Pitt (12-19, 10-14 MIAA) scored a single run in the fifth, but the Lions added a run in each of the final four innings to put away the game. 

Helsel went 3-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored in game one. Kolkmeyer was 2-4 with a run and three RBIs, while Acosta had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Thomas Wilson had two hits and a pair of runs scored, while driving in another. 

The Lions and Pitt faced off in game two in what would be a pitcher's duel. Kinzey started for Southern and went four innings. He allowed just four hits and two runs, while striking out two. Grant Conrad threw the final four innings of relief, allowing just two hits and no runs. 

Pitt scored a pair of runs in the fifth and made them stick as three Gorillas combined to limit the Lions to just four hits in the nightcap. 

Helsel went 2-3 in the game, while Kolkmeyer and Jim Gilkerson had a hit each. 

The Lions will be back in action this weekend, playing host to Emporia State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium.