Pitching gem by Rolla native helps Miners gain split.
Chris Bowe's five-hit, complete game effort netted the Missouri S&T baseball team a 6-1 win in its Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) series opener Saturday against West Division leader Quincy, but the Hawks rebounded in the nightcap to gain a split of the doubleheader with a 6-3 win at the S&T Baseball Field.
The Miners were scheduled to play two more games against Quincy yesterday.
The Miners took advantage of some defensive issues by the Hawks in the early innings of game one, scoring all six of their runs in the first four innings as Quincy committed four errors during that span.
S&T took the initial lead in the game in the second inning as Sam Adams walked on a full count pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Colin Coan, then scored on Lance Portwood's ground out.
After the Hawks tied the game in the third on Kenny May's RBI single, the Miners regained the advantage in the bottom of the inning thanks the first of the four Hawk errors. Tyler Bodenstab reached on an infield hit, then Michael Lockett singled over the third base bag; the throw to first was late and wild, allowing Bodenstab to come all the way around to score.
S&T broke the contest open with a four-run outburst in the fourth, which began with an infield single by Adams and a bunt single by Coan. Portwood bunted the runners over, but the throw to first was dropped and Adams was able to score on the play as the ball got away. Nick Ulrich followed with a sacrifice fly and Michael Boxell came through with an RBI single to score Portwood.
After Boxell stole second and went to third when the throw went into center field, Bodenstab reached on a throwing error to bring home the fourth run of the inning.
That would be all that Bowe, a former all-stater from Rolla High School, would need, as he struck out a career-high nine hitters and scattered five hits to improve to 3-2 on the season. He allowed only three hits over the final five innings of his second complete game of the year.
S&T outhit the Hawks 8-5, with Adams and Reed Brown getting two hits apiece.
In game two, Quincy scored twice in the second on an RBI single by Peter Cunningham and a sacrifice fly by Zach Knese, then added two more in the third when Mitchell Broughton hit a two-run homer off Nolan Korn.
The Miners got on the scoreboard in the fourth with a two-out rally, loading the bases on hits by Brown and Adams and a walk to Zach Siegel. Portwood hit a chopper over the mound that the second baseman fielded, but couldn't make a play which allowed Brown to score.
S&T got a run closer in the sixth when Siegel doubled home Brown, but the Hawks added two insurance runs in the seventh to extend their lead. The Miners got their final run on a two-out RBI single by Michael Lockett in the seventh.
Quincy had nine hits to the Miners' seven in game two, with no player getting more than one hit for S&T. Korn pitched the first six innings and took the loss for the Miners.