BOLIVAR,Mo. --The Missouri Southern baseball team led 4-2 going into the bottom of theeighth, but a three-run inning lifted Southwest Baptist over the Lions 5-4today in Bolivar.
The Lions(25-16, 19-14 MIAA) scored two runs in the fifth and a run in each of the sixthand eighth innings.
BrettAbell started the game for the Lions and went seven and a third, strikingout seven and allowing four earned runs. DavidReese and BoBergen pitched in relief.
The game wasscoreless going into the fifth, before the Lions plated two runs in the inning.ThomasWilson singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice buntfrom NickDoughty. ShaunHoover singled to put runners at first and second and ZackSteadman added an infield single to load the bases for DallasBurke. Burke responded with a two-run single to score both Wilson andDoughty.
The Bearcats(19-21, 17-15) scored a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth totie the game before Southern went back ahead with a run in the sixth when WillWagner homered to start the inning.
The Lionsadded another run in the eighth to go up 4-2 when TeeHelsel scored on a wild pitch.
SBU wouldscore three runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Steadman went3-4 in the game, while Burke was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Helsel and Wilson hada pair of hits each, while Wagner added a home run and Hoover scored a run ofhis own.
The teamswill finish off the series with a double-header tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm.