Baseball lands two victories against SBU in triple-header

Starting out with solid back-to-back games against Northwest Missouri State University, the Lions’ baseball team would end the third game behind by 11 points.

The first game against the Bearcats started at 1 p.m. on April 9 and had 200 people in attendance.

In the game at Maryville, Missouri Southern began the scoring in the second inning when Jeff Taylor, junior pitcher, singled to left field.

After his single, Luke Lawver, sophomore third baseman, made a sacrificial bunt to the pitcher, which allowed Taylor to advance to second base.

After heading on to the third base, Taylor was able to complete the run home after Mike Baso, senior center fielder, singled through the left side.

Southern’s next point would be scored in the fifth inning when Kyle Cupp, sophomore third baseman, scored on a muffed throw by NWMSU’s catcher, Ryley Westman. Cupp’s run followed two NWMSU errors.

The game ended with a victory for Southern. The final score was 2-0.

The second game, which started at 3 p.m., played into Southern’s favor, but hinted that the game would go to the Bearcats.

The Bearcats started out the scoring in the bottom of the first inning after Westman, catcher, hit a sacrificial fly. NWMSU scored another point in the fourth inning. However, Southern tied it up in the fifth when they scored two runs against their opponents.

The fifth inning started with two outs for Southern, but the third player, Luke Garber, junior catcher, was able to head to first due to an error by the Bearcats’ third baseman.

When Kyle Knight, sophomore right fielder, singled through the left side, Brett Velliquette, sophomore second baseman, and Garber were both able to score.

The Lion’s next two points came in the seventh inning and in the ninth inning when Velliquette scored an unearned run. The game ended with a score in the Lion’s favor of 4-2.

The third game was played on April 10 and started at 1 p.m. with 175 people in attendance. It was in the final game NWMSU made a comeback to win the game 13-2.

When the Lions didn’t score in the first inning, the Bearcats answered by scoring five of their own.

The two points for the Lions were scored by Trevor Whipkey, freshman first baseman, and by Cupp.

The Lions are currently ranked 14-20 overall and 6-7 in the MIAA conference.

Southern’s game against Southwest Baptist University was postponed until May 3.

The Pittsburg State University games were rescheduled until Monday and April 25.

They will play next against Missouri Western State University at 4 p.m. on Friday and then at 12 p.m. on Saturday.