The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 7, 2012

First quickly, then slowly, LIons drop baseball doubleheader to Washburn


From staff reports

TOPEKA, Kan. — The game scripts could not have been more different, but unfortunately for Missouri Southern, the outcomes were the same.

Washburn won a rapidly moving 3-0 pitchers’ duel in the first game, then grabbed an early six-run lead en route to a 12-5 decision to complete a sweep over the Lions at Falley Field.

The Ichabods’ Brett Ash (3-3) and the Lions’ Cody Griebling (5-3) battled in a seven-inning opening game that required only 57 minutes to play.

Griebling threw 58 pitches, 43 for strikes, and Ash had 44 strikes among 59 pitches.

Griebling gave up five hits — four in the sixth when Washburn scored its runs — struck out one batter, walked none and never went to a 3-ball count. He retired the Ichabods on six pitches in each of the first two innings.

Ash fanned six and walked none while allowing three hits, and he had only two 3-ball counts. Ash had five-pitch innings in the second and sixth and needed only six pitches to end the game in the seventh.

Both pitchers faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings. Each gave up one hit, but both times the next batter hit into a double play.

The bottom of the Washburn lineup ignited a rally in the sixth. Blake Hageman, the No. 8 hitter, singled to center with one out, and Connor Crimmins hit a 1-1 pitch to right field for a triple. John Calhoun singled to left to make it 2-0, and Calhoun later scored on a sacrifice fly.

The Lions’ hits were singles by Jesse Kinzey in the fifth, M.J. Sartin in the sixth and pinch-hitter Harrison Gerber in the seventh. Gerber, like Kinzey two innings earlier, was erased on a double play.

The nine-inning nightcap lasted 2 hours, 55 minutes and had 301 pitches — 161 by the Lions, 140 by the Ichabods.

 Washburn (15-12, 11-9 MIAA) tallied five runs in the third inning to open an 8-2 lead. A double, walk and infield hit loaded the bases with one out, and Crimmins singled on an 0-2 pitch from Ryan Wheat (4-2) to score one run. With two outs, Boone Plager singled to right-center field for two runs, and relief pitcher Ryan Taylor threw a wild pitch to score a run before singles by Brad Alberts and Tyler Bean each scored a run.

Plager went 2-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two. Blaine Mathews collected four hits and two RBI,  and Marcus Peavler had two hits and two RBI as the Ichabods had 16 hits.

The Lions (19-13, 12-12) rapped 12 hits, including two singles and triple by Jesse Kinzey, two doubles by Luke Acosta and two singles by Michael McCoy.

Kinzey singled home a run in the first inning, and Acosta’s double and McCoy’s single produced a run in the third.

Washburn’s Kerry Schachenmeyer allowed nine hits and two runs in six innings, walked two and struck out two. Reliever Seth Huninghake gave up three runs in the seventh, then retired the Lions in order in the last two innings for his first save.

Kinzey tripled to right with one out in the Lions seventh and scored when Jim Gilkerson reached on an error. Will Wagner’s single moved Gilkerson to third, and Sartin’s sacrifice fly to center scored a run. Tee Helsel doubled to right-center to score the last run.

The Lions and Ichabods play another twinbill today, starting at noon.