The Joplin Outlaws came into the night hoping to snap a four-game home losing streak on Wednesday.
Unbeaten MINK League foe St. Joseph didn’t cooperate with that hope, however.
After finding themselves in a one-run hole through four innings, the Mustangs went on an 8-2 run to close the game and claim a 16-11 triumph over Joplin at Joe Becker Stadium.
The victory clinched a series sweep for St. Joseph, which improved to 6-0 on the campaign, to take a 1 ½ game lead on Sedalia in the MINK League North Division standings.
Joplin, meanwhile, dropped to 2-5 on the season and has suffered five straight home losses since opening the year at 2-0.
The Outlaws plated four runs on three hits and one error in the bottom of the fourth, a frame that was highlighted by a two-run single by Parker Dunn with the bases loaded to give Joplin a 9-8 advantage.
But the Mustangs responded quickly by hanging a five-spot on three hits and two Joplin errors in the top of the fifth. The frame included a rare circle-the-bases on a dropped third strike with Dylan Ketch taking advantage of a throwing error to first base and advancing all the way to home plate. Kris Koerper delivered a solo home run two batters later as the Mustangs took a 13-9 lead.
St. Joseph scored two more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to take its largest lead of the night, 16-9, before Joplin capped the scoring with two runs in the eighth.
Jackson Wagner, a shortstop for the University of Kansas, finished as the Mustangs’ leading hitter, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, one home run, five RBI and two runs scored. St. Joseph had seven players log at least one hit, with four logging multiple.
Missouri Southern product Joe Kinder paced the Joplin offense with three hits in five plate appearances and registered two RBI. Dunn and Donovan Sutti both went 2-for-5 with three RBI apiece.
Joplin returns to Joe Becker Stadium tonight at 7 to take on MINK League foe Jefferson City.