Southern baseball splits at Pittsburg State

Pittsburg, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team split a pair of games today at Pittsburg State as the Lions fell 5-0 in game one, but won game two, 6-4 as the two teams hooked up in a Sonic Trophy Series matchup. 

Southern's (28-17, 22-15 MIAA) bats were silent in game one as the Lions got just one hit from Shaun Hoover in the game. 

PSU (24-20, 20-18 MIAA) saw a near perfect game thrown by George Brandecker as he went the distance for the Gorillas. 

Pitt scored a pair of runs in the first and added a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. 

David Reese started for the Lions and went three and two thirds of an inning. He struck out three and walked none, while allowing three runs. Ryan Bates and Josh Engler pitched in relief. 

As quiet as the bats were in game one, they were noisy in game two as the Lions pounded out 13 hits and scored six runs in the nightcap. 

The Lions started it off with two runs in the first when Dallas Burke scored on a single from Will Wagner after the PSU left fielder misplayed the ball. Wagner would then score on a wild pitch. 

Shaun Hoover started the second inning off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Dane Kolkmeyer singled up the middle and Burke walked to load the bases. Will Wagner would then double to left center, scoring both Kolkmeyer and Hoover, but Burke was thrown out at the plate. Sam Ryan would then drive in Wagner and Tee Helsel would drive in Ryan with a single to left. 

Pitt would score a run in the third, two in the seventh and one in the eighth, but it wouldn't be enough. 

Drew Noble started game two for the Lions and was in the zone. He went six and a third innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six. Brett Abell threw the final two and two thirds of relief, and didn't allow a single hit, while striking out five.

Wagner was 3-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Kolkmeyer went 4-4 with a run, while Hoover went 2-3 with a run and two walks. Ryan had a run and an RBI, while Burke scored a run. 

The Lions will be back in action this weekend as Southern will play host to Missouri Western on Saturday and Sunday. Southern will honor its ten seniors in between games one and two on Saturday.