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Lions Drop Opener to Northwest Missouri

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RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team surrendered four runs, two unearned in the first inning, and couldn't overcome the early hole as the Lions fell 4-3 tonight to Northwest Missouri at Warren Turner Field. 

The Lions (23-18, 11-16 MIAA) held Northwest scoreless from the second inning on, but couldn't complete the comeback. Alex Phillips was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Denver Coffee went 2-for-4 at the plate. Cory CanterburyMike MillionRichard Fullerton and Garan Stevens had a hit each. Stevens had a run and an RBI, while Fullerton and Johnny Balsamo scored once. 

Corbin Osburn started and went seven innings, striking out three and allowing two earned runs, but fell to 4-3 on the season. River Wright threw two innings of perfect ball, striking out one. 

Northwest (2318, 18-9 MIAA) got six and two thirds from starter Joseph Hietpas as he struck out seven. Hudson Bilodeau had three hits, while Luke Hassman and Kevin Handzlik had two hits each. 

The Bearcats scored four in the first as a single and two bunts, one reaching on an error led to a run, while a double from Hassman scored another. Two more runs scored in the inning. 

Southern got a run in the second on an RBI ground out from Stevens. The Lions then scored two more times in the fourth on a single from Phillips, scoring Balsamo and Stevens. 

The two teams will be back in action tomorrow with a double-header beginning at noon from Warren Turner Field. 

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