The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 3, 2013

Southern finds winning formula to sweep C of O

The same formula — four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning — earned Missouri Southern a doubleheader sweep over College of the Ozarks on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Becker Stadium.

The 5-4 and 5-2 victories by the Lions extended their winning streak to 10 games and improved their season record to 21-11. They return to MIAA action this weekend at home against Washburn in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.

The Lions used four pitchers in the first game and five in the nightcap. Bo Bergen, senior southpaw who prepped at McDonald County, picked up his second save in the first game and his second victory in the nightcap. Drew Noble (4-1) was the winning pitcher in the opener, and Josh Engler notched his first save in the second game.

The Bobcats (12-16) tallied a run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead in the first game. But the Lions plated four runs in the bottom of the inning, aided by three errors.

Will Wagner walked, Dane Kolkmeyer was hit by a pitch and Shaun Hoover was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Nick Doughty reached on a fielder’s choice as Wagner scored and Hoover was forced out at second for the second out.

Michael McCoy followed with a single to right-center field — the only hit of the inning — to score Kolkmeyer. Thomas Wilson reached on an error to allow pinch-runner Keith Freeman to score the tying run, and McCoy scored the go-ahead run on an error.

Bergen retired the Bobcats on a strikeout and two ground balls in the seventh.

McCoy’s two singles accounted for half of the Lions’ hits. Kolkmeyer’s single to center drove in the Lions’ first run in the fourth.

College of the Ozarks had seven hits, including two by Byron Richardson.

Sam Ryan’s sacrifice fly gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the second game. The Bobcats pulled even in the fourth on Eddy Devora’s single to right.

It remained 1-1 until the sixth when the Lions stroked three of their seven hits. Ryan singled to left, moved to second on Tee Helsel’s groundout and scored on Wagner’s single. Kolkmeyer reached on an error to put runners at first and third, and Doughty singled to center to score Wagner.

Hoover walked to load the bases, and a four-pitch walk to McCoy and first-pitch sacrifice fly to right by Wilson each scored a run.

Wilson went 2-for-3 for the Lions, and Richardson and Timmy Townsend had two hits apiece for the Bobcats.

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