Southern sweeps Lincoln behind pair of complete-game performances

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Behind a pair of complete-game wins from Brett Abell and Payton Walker, the Missouri Southern baseball team swept Lincoln in the final two games of the series this afternoon, winning 3-0 in the opener and 7-4 in the finale. 

The Lions (14-11, 10-9 MIAA) saw Abell throw a complete game in the opener as he limited the Blue Tigers to just two hits in the shutout. He struck out seven and walked just three. In the finale, Walker struck out six and walked just one, while allowing just three earned runs. 

Southern started the scoring in game one with a run each in both the first and second innings. Dallas Burke homered to left center in the first and Dane Kolkmeyer had a sacrifice fly in the second. Michael McCoy added a homer to left field in the sixth to cap the scoring. 

McCoy and Burke both had homers, while Sam Ryan went 2-3 in the game. Kolkmeyer drove in a run, while Tee Helsel scored a run and added his sixth double of the season. 

In game two, the Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first and scored a run each in the fourth and sixth, while adding two insurance runs in the eighth. 

Burke started the scoring with an RBI single, and Ryan added a two-RBI single, scoring Burke and Helsel. 

After Lincoln (2-16, 2-14 MIAA) scored once in the fourth and the fifth to get within one run, the Lions added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead back to two. The Blue Tigers, however, would add two more in the fifth to tie the game at four. 

Shaun Hoover drove in Kolkmeyer in the sixth to put the Lions back on top and Hoover drove in Keith Freeman in the eighth before McCoy added an RBI single, scoring Hoover for the final tally. 

McCoy went 3-4 with a run and an RBI, while Thomas Wilson, Ryan and Helsel had two hits each. Ryan drive in two, and Wilson and Burke scored once each. Kolkmeyer scored twice. 

The Lions have now won six out of the last seven games and will play host to Northeastern State on Tuesday. The two teams will play a double-header at 2 pm from Joe Becker Stadium and game one will be broadcast on 1450 The Score.