Tahlequah, Okla. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team split a pair of MIAA games at Northeastern State today, winning game one 5-4, but dropping game two, 7-3.
Southern (11-11, 7-9 MIAA) went on top early in game one, leading 3-0 after three innings. The Lions scored two in the first when Shaun Hoover tripled home Nick Doughty and Michael McCoy singled home Hoover.
Northeastern State (12-11, 12-11 MIAA) tied the game with four runs in their half of the fifth and the game would remain tied and go into extra innings when the Lions scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth. Nick Doughty was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a walk to Hoover, a wild pitch put runners at second and third for McCoy and he drove home Doughty with a sacrifice fly.
Brett Abell started for the Lions and went four and a third, striking out three. Payton Walker threw two and two thirds of an inning in relief of one-hit ball to earn the win, while David Reese threw a perfect eighth to pick up his third save of the season.
Ryan went 3-4 with a run scored, while McCoy was 2-4 with two driven in. Burke, Doughty, Hoover and Keith Freeman scored a run each in the game.
In game two, Northeastern State jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings and held on for the win.
Ryan had an RBI single in the third to score McCoy, while an RBI single from Burke and a sacrifice fly from Ryan in the fifth provided the Lions with their three runs in the game.
The Lions will be back at it with a series with Lincoln this Saturday and Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.