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Lions Win Over Hays with Walk Off

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RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern baseball team walked off for the second-straight game, this time and RBI single from Denver Coffee in the 12th and the Lions defeated Fort Hays State 6-5 at Warren Turner Field. 

Southern (26-23, 14-21 MIAA) guarantees themselves a winning season with the win today and the pitching staff struck out nine batters on the day, bringing the Lions' total to 413 on the season, breaking the previous single-season record of 410 set in 2015. 

Johnny Balsamo went 3-for-5 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored today. Coffee was 2-for-6 with the walk-off RBI and he scored a run, as well. Alex Phillipshad a hit and a run scored, while Alec Alvarez had a hit and an RBI. Dan Lenz had a home run, two RBIs and a run scored, while Joe Kinder had a hit. 

Seth Mesey started and went three innings, but the Lions' bullpen was stellar today. Jared Flores threw four innings, allowing just one hit, while River Wright threw two innings of one-hit ball. Logan VanWey had two innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and Bradly Hershy threw the 12th, striking out two to pick up win number two (2-0) on the season. 

FHSU (13-36, 5-30 MIAA) got two hits each from Addison Kaasch, Clayton Basgall and Alex Weiss, while Tanner Smith moved to 1-9 on the season with the loss. 

Both teams got runs in the first, the Lions coming on an RBI single from Alvarez, scoring Balsamo. 

The Tigers scored two in the third, but the Lions answered back with one of their own, this time on an RBI from Million to make the score 3-2, FHSU after three. 

Fort Hays then scored two in the fourth to lead 5-2, setting up the heroics of the late innings for the Lions. 

Southern got an RBI single from Danny Biggs, scoring Coffee to get the Lions within two (5-3). Lenz then followed that up with his first home run of the year to right field to tie the game and send it into extras. 

Neither team scored in the tenth or the 11th, but Phillips started the 12th off with a ground-rule double to left center. He moved to third on a ground out from Canterbury and the Tigers then intentionally walked both Million and Alvarez to pitch to Coffee. Coffee delivered on the first pitch with a single to left to score Phillips with the game-winner. 

The two teams will wrap up the season tomorrow afternoon with a first-pitch scheduled for noon at Warren Turner Field. 

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