After being shut out on two hits in the first game Sunday, Missouri S&T's baseball team broke loose in the second game of its doubleheader with Illinois Springfield to post a 9-3 win and take three of the four games from the Prairie Stars.
UIS won game one 3-0.
The Miners rapped out 17 hits in the second game – one short of their season high for a game – and led from start to finish after being blanked in the opener. S&T started its scoring in the opening inning as Michael Boxell drew a leadoff walk and moved to third when Clint Wobbe reached on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Both runners scored moments later on Michael Lockett's single.
S&T added to its lead in the third after another leadoff walk, this one to Wobbe, which was followed by a one-out triple by Will Morrison. Zach Siegel followed the Morrison triple with a run-scoring hit to give the Miners a 4-0 lead.
The Prairie Stars cut the lead in half in the fourth when Trevor Johnson and Nick Sanders opened the inning with back-to-back homers, then added a run in the fifth on an RBI hit by Joey Campbell that knocked S&T starter Eric Van Dyke out of the game. Reed Brown took over and got the Miners out of the inning without any further damage and would go on to blank UIS over the next four innings as well.
The Miners extended their lead in the sixth as Colin Coan singled home Lance Portwood, who opened the inning with a double, and an RBI hit by Boxell. S&T got two more across in the eighth when Boxell doubled home Coan and Wobbe squeezed in a run. Tyler Bodenstab scored S&T's final run in the ninth on an error.
Brown picked up the win with five scoreless innings in relief, allowing only four hits in that span. Coan had three of the Miners' 17 hits in the second game.
In game one, the Miners were blanked on two hits by Barry Arnett, who was the winning pitcher in UIS' only previous win over S&T two seasons ago. Arnett held the Miners to two singles by Portwood, one in the second and the other in the fourth.
The Prairie Stars scored twice in the first off Chris Bowe and added one in the second before Bowe retired the final 13 UIS hitters. He struck out four and gave up only four hits on the afternoon.
The Miners will play their final home GLVC series of the season next weekend when they host William Jewell in a four-game set, beginning with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.