The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 28, 2012

Lions settle for split with Lincoln

The Joplin Globe

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Cody Griebling pitched a six-hitter and Michael McCoy stroked three hits as Missouri Southern rolled past Lincoln 8-1 Friday afternoon at the LU Baseball Field.

The Lions owned an 8-4 lead in the second game before Kyle Henke’s grand slam highlighted a six-run uprising in the Lincoln eighth, and the Blue Tigers held on for a 10-9 victory in the nightcap.

The Lions (27-17, 18-16 MIAA) and Blue Tigers (6-36, 6-27) play another doubleheader today starting at 10 a.m.

Griebling (8-3) struck out seven batters and walked one in his seven-ininng complete game performance.

Catcher Clint Cashen went 3-for-3 to account for half of Lincoln’s hits, including a leadoff home run to left field in the sixth inning.

The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Dane Kolkmeyer doubled to left with one out and advanced to third on a passed ball.

After play was suspended 1 hour, 25 minutes by lightning, M.J. Sartin singled to right to score Kolkmeyer. After Thomas Wilson walked, singles by Luke Acosta to left and McCoy to center each scored a run.

Acosta singled home another run in the fourth, and he later scored on a steal of home after a failed pickoff attempt at first base.

Tee Helsel drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, and another run scored when Sartin grounded into a double play. Will Wagner drove in the Lions’ last run in the sixth with a fielder’s choice.

McCoy went 3-for-4 to lead the Lions’ eight-hit attack, and Acosta collected two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.

Lions starter David Reese gave up four runs and 10 hits in seven innings in the second game, fanned five and walked three.

Bo Bergen entered to pitch the eighth, and he gave up a walk and two-run home run to Jonathan Grisham. Another walk and single by Martin Gulley brought in reliever Grant Conrad.

Conrad committed an error on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases, and Henke followed with his grand slam to left, giving the Blue Tigers a 10-8 lead.

Cullen Baxter’s solo homer, his first of the season, with one out in the ninth pulled the Lions within a run, but Joe Jungmeyer fanned the next two batters to earn his first victory in five decisions this year.

Sam Ryan went 3-for-5 to lead the Lions’ 11-hit attack, and Luke Acosta and Baxter each had two hits.

Acosta drove in three runs with an RBI single to center in the fifth and two-run triple to right-center in the seventh.