Four multiple-run innings, pair of complete-games for Miners.
Missouri S&T's baseball team had four multiple-run innings and a pair of complete games from its starters Saturday as it swept a Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) doubleheader from Illinois Springfield by scores of 5-0 and 5-1 at Chatham Community Park.
S&T improves to 15-21 overall and 14-12 in the GLVC. The Miners were scheduled to play Illinois Springfield in another doubleheader yesterday.
The Miners had a three-run inning and a two-run inning later in the contest in each of the two games, while allowing just one run to the Prairie Stars over 16 innings to improve to 14-12 in the GLVC.
S&T jumped on top in the opening inning of game one with a quick three-run outburst that began when Tyler Bodenstab bunted his way on with one out. After a hit by Michael Lockett, Will Morrison hit a sacrifice fly to put the Miners in the lead.
Following a hit by Reed Brown, Lance Portwood and Clint Wobbe had RBI singles of their own to give John Auble a three-run lead when he took the mound for the first time.
That was all Auble would need, as he pitched around a hit and an error in the first and a bases loaded situation in the third. After the third inning, the Prairie Stars were retired in order in each of the next five innings as Auble set down 18 consecutive batters until giving up a two-out single to Adam Unes in the ninth.
S&T would add two more in the seventh on solo homers by Michael Boxell and Morrison.
The Miners spotted UIS a run in the second inning of the nightcap on Joey Campbell's RBI single, but took advantage of an error to take the lead with a three-run fourth.
Boxell led the inning off with a hit and stole second, then Bodenstab reached base on a throwing error by UIS pitcher Patrick Woerner. Lockett reached into a fielder's choice which allowed Boxell to score the tying run, then Morrison followed with a hit to score Bodenstab.
Later in the inning, Portwood drove in the third run with a hit off reliever Kyle Schildroth.
The Miners carried that two-run lead into the seventh and added to it when Lockett drove in a pair with a two-out hit.
Nolan Korn went the distance on the mound for the Miners to improve to 4-3, allowing seven hits and striking out five. Lockett had two of the Miners' seven hits in the nightcap after S&T outhit the Prairie Stars 11-5 in the opener.