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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • MIners drop pair Friday in Metrodome Classic

  • Missouri S&T's baseball team dropped its final two games in the Metrodome Classic Friday morning, dropping decisions of 5-1 and 2-1 to Concordia-St. Paul.
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  • Missouri S&T's baseball team dropped its final two games in the Metrodome Classic Friday morning, dropping decisions of 5-1 and 2-1 to Concordia-St. Paul.
    The Golden Bears took advantage of three S&T errors to win the opener, then rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to overtake the Miners to complete the sweep and drop S&T to 0-7 on the season.
    In the first game, the Miners committed two errors on one play to allow Concordia-St. Paul to take the lead. Following a single and double with one out, Paul Giel hit a grounder to third and got Mick Sawinski caught in a rundown between third and home. However, the throw back to third was wild, allowing two runs to score and Giel ended up at third as the ball went past the left fielder as well.
    Moments later, Giel scored on Jared Kramer's hit to give the Golden Bears a 3-0 lead.
    S&T missed a chance to cut into the lead in the bottom half of that inning – it didn't score after having runners on second and third with one out – but got one of the runs back in the third after Tyler Bodenstab rew a leadoff walk. He would steal second, go to third on a ground ball and scored on a wild pitch by Adam Kramer.
    However, S&T would not get another hit in the game until the seventh inning, which came after the Golden Bears tacked on two more runs.
    Will Morrison had two of the Miners' three hits in the first game, as S&T was outhit 6-3 in the contest. Thomas Laudadio went the distance on the mound for the Miners and took the loss despite fanning four hitters and allowing only the six hits. Three of the five Concordia-St. Paul runs were unearned.
    Missouri S&T got the lead in the second inning of the nightcap as it loaded the bases on three bunt singles to start the inning. Reed Brown bunted his way on to start things off, then Nick Ulrich and Colin Coan – both of whom were trying to sacrifice runners over –beat out their bunts to fill the bases.
    With one out, Sam Adams hit a ball back to the mound, but the throw by pitcher Andy Fagely pulled the shortstop off the bag at second which allowed Brown to score. However, a double play that followed ended the chance for the Miners to add to the lead, which S&T would cling to heading into the sixth inning.
    Miner starter John Auble retired 10 straight Golden Bear hitters heading into the sixth, but walked T.J. Obermeyer to start the inning and hit Eric Fasnacht with a 1-2 pitch to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. A wild pitch moved the runners up, but Auble got Kyle Dalton to hit a grounder to Lockett at second and he got pinch-runner Alex Eernisse at the plate.
    Page 2 of 3 - Following a stolen base by Dalton, Greg Larpenter singled through a drawn-in infield to score the two runners and put Concordia-St. Paul in front, then Fagely, who set down 11 straight Miners through the middle of the game, retired S&T in order in the seventh to close out the win.
    Auble, who took the loss for S&T, allowed just four hits and struck out three in the 5 1/3 innings he worked. The Miners outhit the Golden Bears 5-4 in game two as five different Miners had hits
    The Miners will return to action Wednesday, as they will face William Woods in a single game at 2 p.m. at the S&T Baseball Field. Missouri S&T will begin its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule at home next Saturday (March 16) when it hosts McKendree University.
    Thursday
    S&T struggled to get its offense going against a trio of St. Cloud State pitchers Thursday afternoon, as the 13th-ranked Huskies swept a doubleheader from the Miners at the Metrodome by scores of 9-3 and 6-0.
    The Miners scored in only of the 14 innings in which they batted, which was a three-run fifth inning in the opener. S&T had only eight hits in the twinbill, including only one against Husky starter Kyle Fischer in game two as it fell to 0-5 on the year.
    St. Cloud State scored in each of the first five innings of game one, tallying single runs in the first two innings and two in the third and fourth to take a 6-0 lead. The Miners cut the lead in half and knocked starter Scott Lieser out of the game in the process in the fifth, but the Huskies put three more on the board in the bottom half to regain their six-run advantage.
    In the fifth, the Miners loaded the bases on a leadoff single by Tyler Bodenstab, Kyle Rich being hit by a pitch and a hit by Clint Wobbe. Michael Lockett followed with an RBI single to put the Miners on the board, then Will Morrison greeted reliever Chris Kubitz with a two-run through the right side of the infield, cutting the lead to 6-3.
    However, Kubitz retired the final nine S&T hitters after the Morrison hit – six by strikeout – to save the victory for Lieser.
    The Huskies outhit the Miners 13-7 in the opener, with Morrison getting two of S&T's seven hits. Starting pitcher Chris Bowe was tagged with the loss.
    In the nightcap, the Miners and Huskies were scoreless into the fifth inning, with S&T starter Nolan Korn being helped with some spectacular defense along the way. However, St. Cloud State got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Eric Loxtercamp led off with a walk and scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
    Page 3 of 3 - The Miners had what turned out to be their best scoring chance in the bottom of that inning after Reed Brown drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch with one out. A pop out and a fly out that followed ended that opportunity.
    St. Cloud State tacked on three more runs in the seventh and added two in the eighth against the S&T bullpen for the final margin.
    Wobbe had the only Miner hit with an infield single in the first inning. Korn allowed only three hits and one run in the six innings he worked.
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