The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 30, 2014

Lions sweep Bearcats in Joplin

Axel Johnson drove in four runs, and Robbe Ewing went 4-for-4 as Missouri Southern defeated Southwest Baptist 8-2 and completed a four-game sweep of their MIAA series Sunday at Joe Becker Stadium.

Senior right-hander Drew Noble (4-3) was credited with victory after he pitched 42⁄3 shutout innings in relief of starter Matt Harvey.

In the series, the Lions allowed six runs on 24 hits.

Missouri Southern (18-12 overall, 13-11 MIAA) will face Pittsburg State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at PSU.

Johnson, the Lions’ designated hitter, hit a two-out, two-run double in the first inning and a one-out, two-run single in the third inning as the Lions took a 4-0 lead.

“I’ve been seeing the ball well all weekend,” said Johnson, a junior who transferred from TCU. He was 7-for-13 in the series, including a home run in a 2-1 victory Friday night, and raised his batting average to .339.

“It was good to finish the weekend on a good note with a win,” he said. “We’re just taking it one game at a time.”

Center fielder Logan Moon, who was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, raised his batting average to .404.

Ewing, a junior who transferred from Neosho County Community College, began the season as the Lions’ right fielder, then moved to third base after Tee Helsel underwent knee surgery.

“The game at Lindenwood (March 15) was my first actual college game at third base,” Ewing said. “Early in my high school career (at Stockton), I played third base as a freshman, then I moved to shortstop. In college, I’ve always been an outfielder.

“We had Axel coming back (from a leg injury),” he said. “Coach (Bryce Darnell) had an idea I was an infielder in high school, so it worked out well.”

Ewing had three singles and scored a run before his two-run home run in the seventh inning hit the middle of the fencing attached to the left-field foul pole, just above the 342-foot sign. Johnson, who was 3-for-5, led off the inning with a double to right-center field.

Southwest Baptist (14-16, 11-12), trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, scored on Bo Helsel’s single to center field after walks to Ross Wolfe and Chance Wolfe. After Nobel relieved Harvey, Tyler Hampton grounded a single up the middle that scored Chance Wolfe before Harvey retired the next two batters.

Noble allowed four hits, walked two and struck out one. He was relieved by Stephen Vaughn, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

In the fifth inning, Osburn and Ewing hit back-to-back one-out singles and scored on shortstop Jared Lupo’s two-out double down the left-field line as the Lions took a 6-2 lead.

“We challenged our guys this weekend, got after them a little bit,” Darnell said. “We competed hard this weekend, for sure. It was nice to see those two-out hits and guys picking each other up.”

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