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April 26, 2014

Lions bow in final baseball game of season

KEARNEY, Neb. — Nebraska-Kearney collected 19 hits and defeated Missouri Southern 15-8 in the Lions’ final game of the season Saturday at Memorial Field.

Left fielder Jayke Brock, who was 3-for-6 with four runs batted in, was one of four Kearney players who had three hits. The Lopers won the four-game series 3-1.

Aaron Smith (6-1), who relieved UNK starter Adam Peters in the fourth inning, allowed one run on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Matt Harvey (0-1), who relieved Lions starter Drew Noble in the third inning, took the loss.

MSSU (24-26, 17-23 MIAA) scored five runs in the fourth inning and took a 7-5 lead, but the Lopers tied the score with two runs in the fourth and took the lead for good with a four-run fifth inning.

Logan Moon, who was 3-for-6 and scored two runs, sparked a two-run first inning for the Lions with a leadoff triple, his seventh of the season. He scored on Evin Natick’s grounder to second. Axel Johnson then walked and scored on an error in the outfield.

The Lopers (30-17, 24-16) responded with three runs in the first inning and single runs in the second and third innings and took a 5-2 lead.

Brandon Weller started the MSSU fourth inning with a single and moved to third on Mitchell Osburn’s double. Both runners scored on a throwing error.

Designated hitter Beau Phillips, who was 3-for-5, went to third on the error and scored on Austin White’s grounder to short. Catcher Matt Smith’s two-out, two-run double drove in Moon and Natick, who had singled. Natick was 2-for-6.

The Lions, who had 14 hits, added a run in the seventh inning on consecutive singles by pinch hitter Dusty Harper, Phillips and White.

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