MARYVILLE,Mo. --The Missouri Southern baseball team picked up a pair of come-from-behind winstoday as the Lions defeated Northwest Missouri 4-2 and 4-3 in MIAAaction.
The Lions(18-11, 14-9 MIAA) win their seventh game in a row and tenth in the last elevengames.
Both startersfor the the Lions went the distance as BrettAbell threw all nine innings in game one and RyanBates went all seven in game two.
Abell struckout eight and allowed just two runs in the opener, as the game was tied at twoafter four innings.
Neither teamscored until the Lions plated two runs in the top of the ninth. MichaelMcCoy got on by a hit by pitch and advanced to third on a wild pitch andpassed ball. DallasBurke walked and stole second, putting runners at second and third for TeeHelsel. He singled to center scoring both runners and Abell sent theBearcats down in order in the bottom of the inning.
McCoy went3-4 with a run scored in the game, while Helsel drove in two, while ZackSteadman and DaneKolkmeyer drove in the other two runs.
Northwest(9-20, 7-17 MIAA) went on top with a pair of runs in the first and a single runin the second of game two.
Bates settleddown and held the Bearcats scoreless for the final five innings. He struck outthree and walked none, while allowing just one earned run.
Helselstarted off the seventh by advancing on an error. WillWagner walked and after an out, ShaunHoover singled to right field scoring both Helsel and Wagner. Hoover wouldmove to third on an error by the right fielder on the play. NickDoughty pinch hit and was hit by the pitch, putting runners at the corners.McCoy grounded out to the shortstop, scoring Hoover, and ThomasWilson singled to right center, scoring KeithFreeman, who was running for Doughty.
Southernmanaged just three hits on the game, as Wilson, SamRyan and Hoover all picked up singles. Hoover drove in two, while McCoy andWilson had an RBI each.
The Lions andBearcats will finish up the series tomorrow with a single, nine-inning game atnoon.