Lions finish four-game sweep of Truman State with 20-4 win

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team scored ten runs in the first and didn't stop as the Lions went on to win 20-4 over Truman State in seven innings at Joe Becker Stadium. 

The Lions (11-0, 4-0 MIAA) remain undefeated and hit four home runs in the game, the second most in a single game in Southern History. 

The Lions started the scoring with a ten-run first inning, nearly batting around twice. Luke Acosta started the game with a single down the left field line and then reached second on a fielder's choice that put Michael McCoy on base. Back-to-back walks would plate Acosta, and a double from Jesse Kinzey would score two. Dane Kolkmeyer then hit the first of his two homers on the day, one off the school record, to plate three more. Southern would score two more in the inning on wild pitches and another on a sacrifice fly from MJ Sartin

Truman (1-7, 0-4 MIAA) scored a run in the third on an RBI single from Pete Jurich scoring Zak Larkin. 

Southern added four more in the fourth with three coming off the bat of Kinzey as he got his first home run of the year, scoring both Tee Helsel and Sartin. Sartin drove in McCoy to start the scoring in the inning with an RBI double. 

After the Bulldogs picked up two more runs in the top of the fifth, the Lions responded with five more of their own in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back hits from Acosta and McCoy to start the inning scored a run. McCoy scored on Helsel's sac fly and Kolkmeyer hit his second home run of the day, this one a three-run bomb to left field. 

Both teams would add single runs later in the game, the Lions' coming off of Sartin's first homer of the year. 

Ethan Stenger started the game and went six innings, scattering eight hits and allowing three runs. He struck out five and walked just two. Michael Mudd came in and struck out two in the seventh to close out the game. 

Kolkmeyer went 2-4 on the day but both hits were big as he had two, three-run homers to drive in six and score twice. Kinzey was 4-4 at the plate with a homer and five driven in, while Sartin went 2-3 with three runs and three RBIs. Helsel drove in three and scored twice, while McCoy and Acosta scored four and three times, respectively. Kevin Burgi had two hits and a run scored. 

Southern will be back in action this Tuesday afternoon at Joe Becker Stadium with a 4 pm single-game against Drury. The Lions will get back into MIAA play next weekend with four at home against Fort Hays.