The Joplin Globe
EMPORIA, Kan. —
Todd Reller’s one-out single in the eighth inning drove in David Richards with the winning run in the first game Thursday and Emporia State went on to sweep Missouri Southern 5-4 and 7-3 in an MIAA doubleheader.
The loss in the first game ended MSSU’s 13-game winning streak, while the two-game sweep extended ESU’s winning streak to eight games and vaulted the Hornets into third place in the MIAA, one game ahead of the Lions.
Missouri Southern (24-13, 18-11 MIAA) plays a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at fifth-ranked Central Missouri.
Will Wagner, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles, gave the Lions a 4-3 lead in the first game with a three-run home run in the third inning that drove in Tee Helsel and Sam Ryan.
Lions starting pitcher Brett Abell allowed three earned runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out nine.
David Reese (4-4) entered the game in the seventh and took the loss.
Abell allowed three runs on four hits in the first inning. Blake Sturgeon’s double drove in Jordan Slade, the Hornets added a run on an error and David Richards’ two-out single scored Aaron Rea.
The Lions scored in the second inning when Shaun Hoover’s infield single drove in Wagner.
Dallas Burke was 3-for-3 and Sam Ryan was 2-for-4 for the Lions.
In the second game, the Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff single by Michael McCoy, who was 3-for-4 and scored two runs. McCoy moved to second when Thomas Wilson was hit by a pitch. The runners moved up on a sacrifice by Burke, and McCoy scored on Ryan’s grounder to short.
Emporia (22-14, 20-11) answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Eric Dawson’s two-out double scored Sturgeon, who also doubled.
The Hornets took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Daniel Lorenzen singled and Andrew Blackwell reached on an error. Jordan Slade drove in the first run with a single up the middle, and the second run scored on an error.
The Lions tied the score with two runs in the third inning. Wilson drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly that scored Zack Steadman, who led off with a walk, and Burke’s single up the middle scored McCoy, who doubled.
Emporia State took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on a two-out double by Sturgeon and Aaron Rea’s RBI single to left.
The Hornets added two runs in the sixth. Blackwell led off with a single, stole second and scored on Slade’s RBI single. Slade later scored on a bunt single by Dawson.