April 5, 2014

Baseball drops a pair of extra-inning games at Northwest Missouri

Maryville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team lost a pair of extra-inning games today at Northwest Missouri, falling 2-1 in ten innings in the opener and 4-3 in ten innings in the nightcap. 

The Lions (19-14, 13-13 MIAA) saw a gem pitched by David Reese spoiled as the Bearcats (18-13, 13-10 MIAA) scored a run in the bottom of the tenth to take the game. 

Both starting pitchers held the opposing team scoreless through six, but the Lions got on the board in the top of the seventh on an RBI single through the left side from Logan Moon, scoring Evin Nattick. 

Northwest, however, tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning when Brandon Huske was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 

Neither team scored in the eighth or the ninth and the Lions went in order in the tenth. Reese started the ninth and got the first batter out on a grounder to second. A walk and a double put runners at second and third and a the Lions were forced to walk a batter to load the bases. Eric McGlauflin then reached on a fielder's choice and Huske scored the winning run. 

Reese went the distance and threw nine and a third innings and fell to 4-3 on the season. He struck out nine and walked just three, while allowing two runs and scattering five hits. 

Moon went 3-4 with an RBI, while Mitchell Osburn and Beau Phillips had the Lions' other two hits. Natick scored the lone run. 

Game two went extras as well. Northwest scored three runs in the third to take an early 3-0 lead. The Lions, scored three in the top of the fifth on RBI singles from Osburn and Robbe Ewing, while Osburn scored on a wild pitch. 

Neither team scored in the final two innings and the game went into extra frames. Both teams went scoreless in the eighth and ninth, but Northwest scored a run in the bottom of the tenth on an RBI single from Jon Pomatto. 

Payton Walker started for the Lions and went six and two third of an inning, striking out eight and allowing three unearned runs. Stephen Vaughn pitched the final two and a third innings and allowed one run, while striking out four and walking none to move his record to 0-2 on the year. 

Brandon Weller went 2-4 on the day with a run scored, while Axel Johnson and Osburn scored a run each. Johnson, Moon, Osburn and Ewing all had hits for the Lions. 

The two teams will be back at it tomorrow with a pair of games starting at noon.