The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 22, 2014

Central Missouri sweeps Southern

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Central Missouri completed a four-game sweep of its weekend series against Missouri Southern 2-1 and 8-4 in an MIAA doubleheader Saturday at Crane Stadium.

Senior right-hander Kurtis Schuyler (2-2) limited the Lions to three hits in five innings in the first game. Zach Davis, who pitched the final two innings, picked up his fourth save.

The Mules (18-9 overall, 15-5 MIAA) took a 1-0 lead on center fielder Brad Wilson’s RBI single in the first inning, then added a run in the second on an RBI double down the left-field line by second baseman Dusty Maas.

David Reese (3-2) pitched a six-hit, six-inning complete game for the Lions. He walked none and struck out six.

MSSU’s Beau Phillips scored in the fifth inning when Evin Natick reached base on an error.

Mules third baseman and cleanup hitter Tony Sandifer, who singled twice, was the only player on either team who had more than one hit.

The Lions (14-12, 9-11) will face Southwest Baptist at 6 p.m. Friday at Joe Becker Stadium in the first game of a four-game MIAA series.

In the second game, UCM scored six runs in the second inning, highlighted by Jake Alexander’s three-run double with two outs.

The Lions had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Brandon Weller scored on Dusty Harper’s single to center field, and added a run in the fifth on Logan Moon’s RBI single that drove in Evin Natick.

MSSU’s Axel Johnson scored on Austin White’s groundout in the sixth, and Phillips scored on Matt Smith’s grounder to third in the seventh.

Phillips, Moon, Weller and Robbe Ewing each had two hits. UCM’s Sandifer and Maas also had two hits. Mules designated hitter Barrett Noirfalise, a Joplin High School grad, was 2-for-11 in the series and scored three runs.

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