St. Joseph, Mo. -- The No. 11 ranked Missouri Southern baseball team led 2-1 after six, but a four-run seventh inning for Missouri Western helped the Griffons defeat the Lions 5-2 today in St. Joseph.
Southern (15-5, 8-4 MIAA) got another solid pitching performance from one of its starters as senior Ethan Stenger went six and a third, allowing two runs and striking out two. Bo Bergen and Grant Conrad pitched in relief.
Western (12-6, 5-3 MIAA) got on board first with a run in the fourth, but the Lions answered back with two runs in the fifth. Harrison Gerber singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a bunt single from Thomas Wilson. Gerber would later score on an error and McCoy scored on a sacrifice fly from Michael McCoy.
The Griffons did their damage in the seventh, however as back-to-back doubles and a single plated four runs in the inning.
The Lions had men on base in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but left both on base.
Southern will be back in action on Tuesday at Joe Becker Stadium, playing host to William Woods in a double-header beginning at 1 pm.