The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 20, 2013

Walker's one-hitter keys Lions' baseball sweep

From staff reports

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Payton Walker pitched a one-hit shutout as Missouri Southern defeated Southwest Baptist 12-0 in seven innings Saturday and swept a doubleheader at Dodson Field.

Ryan Bates shut out the Bearcats in the first six innings of the seven-inning first game, won by the Lions 4-1.

The Lions (27-16, 21-14 MIAA) won the series two games to one and remained in fourth place in the MIAA, 1 1/2 games behind third-place Emporia State. Central Oklahoma (24-16, 20-15) moved into fifth place after sweeping Washburn 8-4 and 6-5 , and Pittsburg State dropped two games at Lindenwood 4-0 and 7-2.

Missouri Southern plays the Gorillas in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Sonic Trophy Series at Pittsburg State.

The only hit against Walker, a freshman left-hander from Carl Junction, came in the third inning when catcher Will Swofford grounded a one-out single through the left side of the infield. After Josh Herrick was hit by a pitch, Landon Young grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Walker (5-4) faced 25 batters, four more than the minimum in seven innings. He walked two, struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.89.

Nick Doughty, the Lions’ designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with six runs batted in during game two. His three-run home run to right field in the fourth inning gave the Lions a 4-0 lead. He capped a four-run fifth inning with a two-run double and added an RBI single in the Lions’ four-run seventh.

Shortstop Thomas Wilson was 3-for-3 and scored three runs, and Dallas Burke, Will Wagner, Shaun Hoover and Sam Ryan each had two hits. Wagner hit a solo home run to center field in the fourth and Ryan hit a solo home run to left field in the seventh.

In the first game, Bates (5-1) pitched his second complete game and lowered his ERA to 3.72. He allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out five.

McCoy and Tee Helsel both were 2-for-4 with a double and Burke was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

The Lions broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth inning. Wilson walked, stole second, moved to third on Zack Steadman’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Dane Kolkmeyer’s sacrifice bunt.

MSSU scored a run in the fifth when Helsel’s double to right field drove in Ryan, who was hit by a pitch.

The Lions added two runs in the sixth with two outs on Shaun Hoover’s infield single, McCoy’s RBI double and Burke’s RBI single.

Young ended Bates’ shutout bid when his two-out RBI single in the seventh scored Herrick, who had doubled.

The losses dropped SBU (19-24, 17-17) into 10th place.