Baseball team opens season on the road

Opening the season on the road, Missouri Southern’s baseball team dropped three games last weekend.

The Lions went to Tulsa and faced the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles for all three games.

ORU beat Southern 9-2 on Feb. 10. The Lions were scoreless until the seventh inning when Luke Lawver, junior catcher/pitcher, hit a home run to left field. Aaron Jenkins, junior pitcher/infielder, pinch hit for Kyle Cupp, junior third baseman. Jenkins hit a home run to left field for Southern’s second run.

Junior pitcher Michael Meyer pitched 4 innings and struck out three batters. Meyer also walked and had two earned runs against him.

Lucas Vestal, junior pitcher, also pitched four innings. He had two strikeouts, walked one and had four earned runs against him.

On Feb. 11, ORU defeated the Lions 14-0. Jenkins had Southern’s lone hit in the seventh inning.

Kyle Knight, junior pitcher/outfielder, pitched 2 innings, striking out one batter. He gave up four walks and eight runs.

Pete Marjamaa, senior pitcher, pitched 2.1 innings. Marjamaa had one strikeout and gave up four runs.

Lawver pitched the final 1.2 innings. He struck out one batter and gave up two more runs.

The last game on Feb. 12 ORU beat Southern 16-0.

Matt Imrie, freshman second baseman, had two hits in the game. Jenkins and Juan Hernandez, freshman outfielder, had one hit in the game.

Jenkins pitched 4 innings, throwing one strikeout, and giving up three runs.

Chris Farmer, junior pitcher/first baseman, threw for 0.2 innings. ORU scored seven runs against him.

Andrew Doennig, junior pitcher, threw 0.1 innings and had two runs scored on him.

Jacob Garrison, sophomore pitcher, Gabe Hensley, pitcher/utility, and Warren Gaydusek, junior catcher/pitcher/infielder, all threw 1 inning. They gave up three, one and no runs respectively.

The 2006 season marks head coach Warren Turner’s 30th season at the helm of the Lions baseball team.

Southern next plays Feb. 24-26 in Edwardsville, Ill. against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.