Baseball falls 15-8 at Nebraska-Kearney in season finale

Kearney, Neb. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team had three hits each from Logan Moon and Beau Phillips and a pair of RBIs from both Matt Smith and Austin White, but the Lions fell 15-8 in the season finale today at Nebraska-Kearney. 

The Lions (24-26, 17-23 MIAA) sent four pitchers to the mound in the day. Drew Noble threw the first two and a third and allowed three earned, before giving way to Matt Harvey. Harvey threw two and a third, as well, and allowed four earned to move his season record to 0-1. Skylar Hill and Stephen Vaughn threw in relief. 

Southern scored two in the first on an RBI from Evin Natick, scoring Moon, while Axel Johnson scored an unearned run in the inning. 

The Lopers (30-17, 24-16 MIAA) answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first and one each in the second and third innings to go up 5-2 after three. 

The Lions came back and scored five runs in the fourth inning to go up 7-5. Mitchell Osburn and Brandon Weller scored on an RBI from Phillips to start the inning. Austin White then drove in Phillips and a double to right center from Matt Smith scored Natick and Moon. 

UNK, however wasn't done scoring as the Lopers scored two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to put the game away. The Lions added an RBI single from White in the seventh, but the Lopers scored two in each of the seventh and eighth. 

Moon went 3-6 in the game with two runs scored, while Phillips went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. Natick had two hits, a run and an RBI, while Dusty Harper went 2-2 with a run scored. 

Southern finishes the season 24-26 and 17-23 in the MIAA. All-MIAA teams will be announced the week of the MIAA Tournament.