JOPLIN --The Missouri Southern baseball team swept a double-header today from visitingNortheastern State, downing the RiverHawks 12-2 in game one and 5-4 in gametwo.
Southern(16-10, 12-9 MIAA) wins its fifth game in a row and eighth in the last nineopportunities.
DavidReese started in game one and went the distance, striking out four, andscattering seven hits to move his record to 3-3 on the season.
The Lionsstarted the scoring in the first when MichaelMcCoy homered to left to lead off the game. ThomasWilson walked and DallasBurke doubled down the right field line, scoring Wilson. A bases-loaded hitby pitch to ZackSteadman drove in the Lions' final run of the inning.
NortheasternState (12-13, 12-13 MIAA) scored two runs in the third, before the Lions addedtwo more in the bottom of the third. WillWagner doubled with an out and moved to third on a fielder's choice.Steadman walked and DaneKolkmeyer drove in Wagner, moving Steadman to third. A single from McCoyscored Steadman.
Wagner addedan RBI single in the fourth, scoring Burke, and the Lions broke open the gamein the fifth with six runs.
Burke went3-4 in the game with three runs scored and four RBIs. McCoy had a 3-5 day witha pair of runs scored and driven in, while Kolkmeyer went 3-4 with a run and anRBI. Wagner went 3-3 with two runs and RBIs. Southern had homers from McCoy,Helsel and Wagner in the game.
The Lions goton board first in game two with a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fourthinning. NSU answered back with three runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead3-2, but the Lions responded with two in the bottom of the inning to go backahead 4-4.
SamRyan homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and Wagner doubled home TeeHelsel after Helsel was hit by a pitch.
NSU wasn'tdone, however, as the RiverHawks scored a run to tie it up in the top of theninth.
Ryan walkedwith two outs in the ninth, and moved to third after an error by the NSU thirdbasemen. Wagner then singled through the right side for the gamewinner.
DrewNoble started for the Lions and went four and a third innings. He allowedthree runs, while PaytonWalker pitched the final four and two thirds of an inning, striking outtwo, walking none and allowing just two hits and one run.
Wagner went2-5 with two RBIs, while Burke went 2-4. Ryan was 1-4 with two runs and an RBI,while Kolkmeyer and Hoover both scored once.
Southern willbe back in action this Friday and Saturday with games at NorthwestMissouri.