March 29, 2014

Lions come from behind twice for double-header sweep of Southwest Baptist

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team came-from-behind twice today and swept a double-header with visiting Southwest Baptist winning game one 7-1 and game two 4-2. 

The Lions (17-12, 12-11 MIAA) went down 1-0 in the first in game one when SBU (14-15, 11-11 MIAA) scored a run on a sacrifice fly from Spencer Blacksher, scoring Landon Young. 

Southern got a run right back in the bottom half of the first when Evin Natick singled to start the inning. He would later score on an RBI single from Logan Moon

The Lions scored three more runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings to put the game away. Southern picked up RBIs from Mitchell Osburn, Robbe Ewing and Jared Lupo in the third, while Lupo and Natick picked up RBIs in the sixth. 

Ryan Bates started game one and went all seven innings, earning the complete game and moving his record to 3-2 on the season. He struck out three and walked just one. 

Natick drove in two and went 3-4 in the game, with a run scored. Moon went 2-4 in the game with an RBI, while Ewing was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Lupo drove in two and scored once, while Osburn had an RBI and two runs scored. 

SBU scored two runs in the top of the third inning off of Lions' starter Payton Walker in game two. The Lions answered back with a run in the bottom half of the third when Matt Smith walked to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Lupo. He moved to third on a ground out, then scored on a passed ball. 

The Lions tied the game with a run in the fifth on an RBI single from Beau Phillips and went ahead with two runs in the sixth. Axel Johnson walked to start the inning and was pinch ran for by Zack Steadman. Steadman moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Lupo and then advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. Osburn pinch hit for Smith and sacrificed Steadman home and Lupo to second for the go-ahead RBI. Phillips then singled home Lupo with a single to center. 

Walker went six and two thirds, striking out seven and walking just two, while allowing just one earned run and three hits. Stephen Vaughn came in for the final out and picked up his fourth save of the season. Walker moved to 4-2 on the season with the win. 

Phillips went 3-4 with three RBIs in the game. Brandon Weller and Johnson had hits in the game, while Steadman, Ewing, Smith and Lupo scored runs for the Lions. 

The two teams will finish up the series tomorrow afternoon, with a single, nine-inning game at 1 pm inside Joe Becker Stadium.