Missouri S&T’s baseball team missed some golden scoring opportunities late in both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader as it was swept by Arkansas Tech by scores of 5-2 and 7-5.


The Miners were able to get the tying runs on base in the sixth and seventh innings of game one and in the sixth inning of the nightcap, but weren’t able to deliver the key hits to catch up with the host Wonder Boys, who grabbed first inning leads in both games.


Missouri S&T’s baseball team missed some golden scoring opportunities late in both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader as it was swept by Arkansas Tech by scores of 5-2 and 7-5.

The Miners were able to get the tying runs on base in the sixth and seventh innings of game one and in the sixth inning of the nightcap, but weren’t able to deliver the key hits to catch up with the host Wonder Boys, who grabbed first inning leads in both games.

Missouri S&T jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening frame of the nightcap, with the big blow of the inning being a two-run double off the bat of Matt Kempin. S&T added another run on a ground out by Zach Carter that scored Drew Davenport.

However, the Wonder Boys bounced right back and posted four runs in the bottom half of the first, taking the lead on a two-run double with two outs by Kendall Cotton.

S&T knotted the game in the second without hitting a ball out of the infield, taking advantage of an error to start the inning to score their fourth run. Louie Joseph reached on the error and later scored on a ground out by Hunter Scheib. ATU took the lead back in the bottom of the second on Nick Makris’ RBI single.

After the Miners stranded the potential tying run at third in the fifth, Arkansas Tech added to its lead when Matt Johnson reached base on a bunt and went to third on a throwing error on the play.   Makris followed with an RBI single to make it 6-4.

The Wonder Boys extended the lead to 7-4 before the Miners staged a rally in the sixth to cut into the ATU lead. A leadoff walk to Kempin and a hit by Carter put runners on the corners, then Kempin scored on a ground out by Joseph. The Miners were able to get the tying runs in scoring position with two outs, but Dustin Thomas retired Brandon Cogan – who had four hits in the twinbill – to escape the jam.

S&T had five hits in game two, with five different players collecting hits. Drew Pyles was charged with the loss.

In the opener, the Miners fell behind in the opening inning as the Wonder Boys (8-4) scored three times – two of the runs being unearned. Arkansas Tech added two more in the third as it knocked Miner starter Andrew Page out of the game after just 2 1/3 innings on the hill.

S&T got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Brandon Cogan led off with a double – the Miners’ first hit of the contest – then advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on Will Morrison’s single to right field.
 

The Miners had a chance to get closer in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate, but came away empty. S&T did get a run across in the seventh on consecutive hits by Scheib, Cogan and Morrison and got the tying run to the plate again, but ATU’s Addison Rayford was able to get the final out to end the contest.

Cogan had three of the seven hits for the Miners (2-8) in the opener and Morrison drove in both runs with his two hits. Page took the loss on the mound for S&T.