March 19, 2011

Lions win a pair of extra-inning games at Truman state by identical scores of 6-4

Kirksville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team won a pair of extra inning games today by the identical scores of 6-4 at Truman State. 

Southern (11-7, 7-6 MIAA) went ahead in game one on a pair of unearned runs and a CJ Matthews RBI triple in the ninth and the Lions pushed accross the go-ahead runs in the eighth of game two on a double from Shayne Hoke

Austin Brown pitched an inning and two thirds of relief to get the win in game one and moved his record to 2-1 on the season. Cody Griebling moved his record to 3-0 on the year with two innings of one-hit relief in game two. 

Truman (3-12, 2-9 MIAA) tied the game up each time in the bottom of the seventh, forcing extras after the Lions had went ahead in the top of the seventh. 

The Lions went ahead in the first in game one on an RBI single from Cullen Baxter, scoring Tee Helsel. After Truman tied it up with a run in the first, Jesse Kinzey put the Lions back in the lead, driving in Dallas Burke with an RBI single in the third. After Truman tied the game in the sixth, the duo would do it again as Kinzey doubled home Burke in the top of the seventh, momentarilly putting the Lions ahead 3-2. 

But Truman again tied the game in the seventh, forcing extras where the Lions would score three in the ninth to take the game. 

Burke scored the Lions' first run in game two, crossing the plate on a ground out from Baxter. After the Bulldogs tied it with a run in the second, Burke scored his second run of the game on a wild pitch in the fourth. The Bulldogs went ahead with a pair of runs in the fifth before the Lions surged back in front with RBI singles from both Fernando Lugo and Ben Millard in the seventh. 

For the second-straight time, however, Truman tied the game in the seventh forcing extra innings. The double from Hoke in the eighth would prove to be the game-winning RBIs for the Lions. 

Both Baxter and Kinzey went 3-5 with a run and two RBIs in game one, while Burke was 2-4 with three runs and a double in the opener. Burke was 3-3 with two runs and a double in the second game of the day. 

Grant Conrad started for the Lions in game two, throwing six innings and allowing just one earned run, while lowering his team-leading ERA to 0.89. Ryan Wheat started game one for Southern, throwing six and a thrid, allowing just two earned runs and striking out two before Conrad and Brown threw in relief. 

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow when they finish off the four-game tilt with a single, nine-inning game at noon.