Monday, May 15, 2017
MSSU baseball season ends with loss to Lindenwood
Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team led 3-2 after three innings, but Lindenwood University got four in the sixth and seven in the seventh to end the Lions' season today, 14-4 in the MIAA Baseball Tournament semifinals.
The Lions (29-26) got three homers today from Max Hogan, Mike Million and Brett Graham. Tyler Sutherland and Joe Paulino had two hits each with Sutherland scoring once. Alec Alvarez and Dave Prost had a hit each, as well.
Zach Litchen started and went five innings and fell to 1-3 on the season. Sean Goostree and Cody Smith pitched in relief.
Lindenwood (34-18 got a 5-5 day at the plate from Wes Degener as he added four RBIs and two runs scored.
Lindenwood started the scoring in the third when Ryan Sosnowski singled home Paul Sherwood.
Million and Hogan hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the lions up 2-1 before Lindenwood tied it up in the top of the fourth.
An RBI single from Alvarez in the bottom half of the inning gave the Lions a 3-2 lead, but Lindenwood scored a run in the fifth, four in the sixth and seven in the seventh to put the game away.
Southern's season ends with a memorable run in the MIAA Tournament. The Lions had four-straight complete-games to start the tournament and in the first four games, had a 3-1 record from their pitchers with a 0.75 ERA. The team destroyed the previous home run record from last season (66) with 81 on the season. The Lions had four players with double-digit home runs with Hogan leading the way with 15 on the season. Prost finished with 14, while Sutherland had 12 and Richie Gorski had 10.