Reese's one-hitter highlights baseball's sweep over Fort Hays State
Joplin, Mo. - Behind a one-hit shutout from senior pitcher David Reese in game one and 19 hits in game two, the Missouri Southern Lions baseball team improved to 10-0 on the year as they collected 30 hits and scored 19 runs winning game one 8-0 in seven innings and taking game two 11-7 in nine innings.
The Lions (10-0, 6-0 MIAA) got the scoring started early in game one tacking on a run in the first as second baseman Jared Lupo hit a leadoff double to left field. After catcher Mitchell Osburn reached on an error by the pitcher moving Lupo to third, center fielder Logan Moon drove Lupo in on a fielder's choice as Osburn moved to second. After adding a run in the second off a Lupo sacrifice fly that plated right fielder Robbe Ewing from third, Southern made it a 4-0 game in the third when they added two more runs as third baseman Brandon Weller doubled to left center driving in designated hitter Tee Helsel. Ewing followed with a single to left field plating Weller from second.
After Resse struck out the side in the fifth and sent down the order again in the sixth, the Lions added four runs for good measure in the bottom of the sixth to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Southern got the scoring action started with left fielder Beau Phillips leading off the inning with a single up the middle. After shortstop Austin White laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Phillips to second, Lupo followed with a single to center putting runners on the corners for Osburn who singled through the left side driving in Phillips. Moon followed with a sacrifice fly to right field driving in Lupo and after first baseman Dusty Harper walked to put runners on first and second, Helsel singled through the right side driving in Osburn. Southern rounded out the scoring on a Weller single to right field driving in pinch-runner Nathan Skaggs from second.
Resse closed out the game getting Fort Hays State (3-6, 2-4) to ground out, fly out and strike out to pick up third win of the season as he struck out nine batters and lowered his ERA to 1.59.
The Lions picked up right where they left off in game two scoring four runs in the first to take a 4-1 lead. Southern got RBI's from Helsel, Weller and a two-run single to left by Harper. They added three more runs in the third off a RBI triple by Weller down the left field line that scored Helsel and then a two-run shot to left field by Ewing that drove in Weller to make it a 7-1 contest.
After Hays scored a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, the Lions responded with four more runs in the fifth scoring to take an 11-2 advantage scoring two runs on a single by White, adding a RBI single to right from Moon and then scoring one final run RBI from Helsel off a single up the middle.
Hays added two runs in the sixth and then three more in the eighth to close the game to 11-7, but that would be as close as they got as senior Stephen Vaughn came on to work a perfect ninth inning striking out a pair of Tigers. Sophomore Payton Walker also picked up his third win as he threw six innings, allowed four earned runs and struck out eight with no walks.
The two teams return to action tomorrow playing a doubleheader at Joe Becker Stadium starting at 1 p.m.