MSSU Baseball sweeps a double-header from College of the Ozarks

JOPLIN —The Missouri Southern baseball team swept a double-header today from visitingCollege of the Ozarks, winning game one 5-4 and game two, 5-2.

Southern(21-11) had pitcher by committee today as DavidReese started in game one. Reese went three innings and allowed four hitswith no earned runs. BrettAbell pitched two innings, striking out three and walking none, whileallowing just one earned run. DrewNoble threw an inning to earn the win, while BoBergen picked up his second save of the season. Noble moves to 4-1 on theseason.

The Bobcats(12-16) led 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, before the Lions exploded forfour runs in the inning. NickDoughty drove in WillWagner for the first run of the inning, before MichaelMcCoy drove in DaneKolkmeyer with a single. KeithFreeman and McCoy would both score unearned runs in the inning.

McCoy was 2-3with a run and an RBI, while Kolkmeyer and ZackSteadman had a hit each.

A four-runsixth inning in game two helped the Lions to the win in the nightcap. RyanBates started for Southern and went three innings, allowing just two hitsand striking out three with no walks. PaytonWalker threw two innings, while Bo Bergen threw an inning and a third topick up the win. JoshEngler picked up his first save of the year, striking out his only batterfaced in the seventh.

The Lionsscored a run in the third on a sacrifice fly from SamRyan, scoring TeeHelsel. C of O scored a run in the fourth to tie it up, but the Lionsscored four in the sixth to break the game open. Wagner singled home Ryan forthe first run of the inning and Doughty singled, scoring Wagner. McCoy drove ina run on a bases-loaded walk and ThomasWilson added a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Freeman.

Wilson went2-3 with an RBI, while McCoy had a hit, a run and an RBI. Wagner drove in a runand scored once, while Doughty had an RBI, as well.

The Lionswill be back in action on Saturday afternoon with a 2 pm double-header at homeagainst Washburn.