The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 3, 2014

Lions' weekend series pushed back one day

The first game of Missouri Southern’s four-game series against Northwest Missouri at Maryville has been postponed until Saturday because of bad weather.

The series has been rescheduled as a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by two games starting at noon Sunday.

Northwest Missouri (16-13, 11-10 MIAA) and Missouri Southern (19-12, 13-11) are battling for position amid a tightly bunched field in the middle of the MIAA standings. Washburn defeated the Bearcats in three of four games last weekend at Topeka.

Missouri Southern has won its last five games, including a four-game sweep against Southwest Baptist last weekend in Joplin.

Center fielder Logan Moon leads the Lions in batting average (.411), hits (46), triples (5), runs batted in (29) and total bases (65). Second baseman Brandon Weller, who is batting .351, is second in hits (39), triples (2), RBI (26) and total bases (58).

Right fielder Beau Phillips, designated hitter Axel Johnson, third baseman Robbe Ewing and catcher Mitchell Osburn are batting .323 or better.

Senior right-hander David Reese (4-2, 1.80 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Payton Walker (5-2, 3.43 ERA) lead the Lions’ starting rotation. Stephen Vaughn (0-1, 2.31 ERA) has five saves in 18 appearances.

Right fielder Jon Pomatto and center fielder Ryan Abernathy have started all 29 games for the Bearcats. Pomatto is batting .368 and leads the team in runs scored (37), total bases (50) and walks (19) and is tied for the team lead in hits (35).

Abernathy, who is batting .321, is second in runs scored (29) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (9).

Three other regulars are batting .333 or better — second baseman Paul Johnson, third baseman Zack Ferreira and designated hitter Eric McGlauflin. The Bearcats are batting .311 as a team.

Austin Warren, a senior right-hander, leads Northwest Missouri with a 4.03 ERA in six starts. Left-hander Ryker Fox (5-2, 4.81 ERA), a senior, has struck out 34 batters in 48 2/3 innings. Pomatto has three saves.

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