Monday, May 7, 2018

MSSU baseball pounds Fort Hays State in season finale

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern baseball team scored 13 runs in the first two innings and took out visiting Fort Hays State 17-2 in the season finale Sunday at Warren Turner Field.

The Lions (27-23, 15-21 MIAA) got a dominant performance on the mound from freshman starter Zach Shoemaker as he went five innings, striking out eight and walking one to move to 5-4 on the season. Cam Bednarand Joey Reeves threw an inning each in relief.

Alec Alvarez had a grand slam, four RBIs and a run scored, while Denver Coffee and Mike Million had home runs, as well. Million hit two homers on the day as he drove in three and scored twice. Coffee drove in three, while Cory Canterbury had three RBIs, three runs scored and three walks. Johnny Balsamo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Joe Kinder and Dan Lenz had two hits, two runs and an RBI each, while Alex Phillips had a hit and three runs scored. Jordan Moon added a hit, as well, while Danny Bigs had a hit and a run scored.

The Tigers (13-37, 5-31 MIAA) got a pair of runs in the first, but the Lions answered back with four in the bottom half of the inning to lead 4-2 after one. Coffee homered to right center to score three and Million made it back-to-back with a homer to left.

The second inning was where the Lions really did their damage. Southern sent 16 batters to the plate and went through five different FHSU pitchers, scoring nine in the inning. Canterbury cleared the bases with a double to start the scoring, and Million hit a two-run home run, as well. Kinder and Lenz had back-to-back RBI doubles, while Balsamo added an RBI of his own and the Lions converted on a double-steal to score Canterbury in the inning.

Alvarez added a grand slam in the fourth to cap the scoring for the Lions.

With the nine strikeouts in the game, the Southern pitching staff finished the season with 422 strikeouts, breaking the previous school record of 410 set in 2015. The Lions finish their season at 27-23 overall.

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