S&T wins pair on Friday, loses two Saturday.
Missouri S&T's baseball team struggled throughout the afternoon with keeping McKendree off the base paths and the scoreboard, suffering losses in both games of Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader by scores of 6-2 and 8-5 at a chilly S&T Baseball Field.
S&T falls to 3-9 overall and 2-2 in the GLVC. McKendree improves to 7-4 and 2-2. The S&T Miners swept the McKendree Bearcats on Friday.
The visiting Bearcats scored in nine of the 16 innings played Saturday, accumulating 22 hits and drawing 13 walks along the way. McKendree led from start to finish in the opener, then took the lead for good in the nightcap after scoring four times in the fourth inning.
After a scoreless first inning in game one, the Bearcats scored in four consecutive innings to take a 6-0 lead. The guests took a 1-0 lead on Jake Kline's RBI single in the second, then added two runs in the third and fourth innings and another in the fifth.
The Miners broke up Sam Lidisky's shutout in the sixth on a bunt single by Tyler Bodenstab – which ended a run of 16 consecutive hitters set down by the McKendree lefthander – followed by a hit by Clint Wobbe and a two-run double off the bat of Michael Lockett.
Lidisky got out of the inning with a strikeout, then pitched around a pair of two-out hits in the seventh to get the complete game.
Wobbe had two of S&T's six hits in the opener, as the Bearcats outhit the Miners 13-6. S&T starter Tom Laudadio took the loss.
The Miners spotted McKendree a run in the first in game two, but answered back with three in the bottom half of the inning. Kyle Rich was hit by a pitch to start the inning and stole second, then moved to third on a ground out and scored on a hit by Lockett.
Later in the inning after a walk to former Rolla High all-stater Will Morrison, Colin Coan hit a ball down the third base line that was fielded by Kline, but his throw to first was late and wild, allowing and Morrison to score to put S&T in front.
The Bearcats got one of the runs back in the third, only to see the Miners tally one in the bottom of that inning when Coan hit into a fielder's choice to score Lockett.
But an inning later, the Bearcats put a four-spot on the scoreboard to take the lead for good. Tony Kossina's one-out single put McKendree in the lead and the Bearcats added to it with single runs in the fifth and sixth. In the meantime, the Miners – who had runners on base in every inning - continued to have their opportunities doused as they grounded into double plays in three straight innings, twice in innings after getting a pair of walks to begin matters.
S&T did get a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Morrison and got the tying run to the plate, but McKendree reliever Josh Tonozzi, in his fourth inning of work, got out of the jam to preserve the win and twinbill sweep for the Bearcats.
The Miners got two hits apiece from Lockett and Morrison in the second game, but were outhit 9-7. John Auble, the S&T starter in the nightcap, was tagged with the loss on the mound.
Missouri S&T will open a four-game series Saturday with a doubleheader at Southern Indiana.
A seventh inning uprising allowed Missouri S&T to complete a sweep of its first Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader of the 2013 season Friday, as the Miners scored four times in their last at-bat to pull out a 9-8 win over McKendree at the S&T Baseball Field.
The Miners took a 13-0 decision in the opener on Chris Bowe's four-hit shutout.
Trailing 8-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Miners were the beneficiaries of a walk, an error and another walk to load the bases before the first out was recorded. Colin Coan delivered a two-run double to cut the lead to one, then following an intentional walk to Nick Ulrich, Sam Adams drew a four-pitch walk from reliever A.J. Wise to force home the tying run.
Michael Boxell, who hit a grand slam in his last at-bat in the opener, hit a chopper over the head of third baseman Jake Kline to bring home Coan with the game-winning run.
The nightcap was a back-and-forth affair, as the Bearcats scored in the first and the Miners tied it an inning later on Reed Brown's sacrifice fly. McKendree regained the lead with three runs in the third – two scoring on an error – but the Miners scored three times in the bottom half of the inning to tie it up again.
S&T loaded the bases on walks to Boxell and Kyle Rich and a bunt single by Clint Wobbe, then Michael Lockett singled off the third baseman to drive in a pair. The Miners scored their third run of the frame on a double play, then grabbed a 5-4 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Rich.
McKendree regained the lead with three in the fifth and added an unearned run in the sixth, setting the stage for the Miners' rally in the seventh inning.
Each team finished with 10 hits in the opener, with Boxell getting three hits for S&T. Harry Dunsford picked up the win in relief for the Miners.
The story of game one was the pitching of Bowe, who allowed only four hits and fanned six in his shutout effort. None of the six Bearcat runners reached third base in the contest.
Bowe, a former all-state player at Rolla High School, was backed by an offensive effort where the Miners scored in five of their six innings at the plate as the game was called after seven innings due to the mercy rule. S&T scored single runs in each of the first two innings, scoring on an infield single by Will Morrison in the first and an RBI groundout by Rich in the second, then extended the lead with two in the third on runs drive in by Zach Siegel and Coan.
The Miners broke the game open with a run in the fifth and an eight-run sixth, highlighted by Boxell's grand slam to close the scoring.
S&T finished with only eight hits in the opener, but also drew eight walks from a trio of McKendree pitchers. Michael Lockett had two hits and drove in a pair for S&T, while Morrison and Brown also had two hits apiece.