Southern baseball sweeps Northeastern State at home

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team swept a double-header today from visiting Northeastern State, downing the RiverHawks 12-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two. 

Southern (16-10, 12-9 MIAA) wins its fifth game in a row and eighth in the last nine opportunities. 

David Reese started in game one and went the distance, striking out four, and scattering seven hits to move his record to 3-3 on the season. 

The Lions started the scoring in the first when Michael McCoy homered to left to lead off the game. Thomas Wilson walked and Dallas Burke doubled down the right field line, scoring Wilson. A bases-loaded hit by pitch to Zack Steadman drove in the Lions' final run of the inning. 

Northeastern State (12-13, 12-13 MIAA) scored two runs in the third, before the Lions added two more in the bottom of the third. Will Wagner doubled with an out and moved to third on a fielder's choice. Steadman walked and Dane Kolkmeyer drove in Wagner, moving Steadman to third. A single from McCoy scored Steadman. 

Wagner added an RBI single in the fourth, scoring Burke, and the Lions broke open the game in the fifth with six runs. 

Burke went 3-4 in the game with three runs scored and four RBIs. McCoy had a 3-5 day with a pair of runs scored and driven in, while Kolkmeyer went 3-4 with a run and an RBI. Wagner went 3-3 with two runs and RBIs. Southern had homers from McCoy, Helsel and Wagner in the game. 

The Lions got on board first in game two with a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fourth inning. NSU answered back with three runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 3-2, but the Lions responded with two in the bottom of the inning to go back ahead 4-4. 

Sam Ryan homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and Wagner doubled home Tee Helsel after Helsel was hit by a pitch. 

NSU wasn't done, however, as the RiverHawks scored a run to tie it up in the top of the ninth. 

Ryan walked with two outs in the ninth, and moved to third after an error by the NSU third basemen.  Wagner then singled through the right side for the game winner. 

Drew Noble started for the Lions and went four and a third innings. He allowed three runs, while Payton Walker pitched the final four and two thirds of an inning, striking out two, walking none and allowing just two hits and one run. 

Wagner went 2-5 with two RBIs, while Burke went 2-4. Ryan was 1-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Kolkmeyer and Hoover both scored once. 

Southern will be back in action this Friday and Saturday with games at Northwest Missouri.