Two more wins for red-hot Miners.
The Missouri S&T baseball team's late season surge – one that could land the Miners in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament – continued Monday afternoon as S&T swept a doubleheader from William Jewell for the second day in succession, winning 7-3 and 6-1 at the S&T Baseball Field.
The victories moved the Miners to 19-13 in the GLVC with only a four-game series this weekend at Rockhurst remaining on the league schedule, as S&T is looking to play in the conference tournament for the third year in succession.
Missouri S&T, 20-22 overall, will face Lindenwood-Belleville in a non-conference game todayat 3 p.m. at the S&T Baseball Field before heading to Kansas City for their weekend set at Rockhurst that will get underway Saturday.
S&T took a big step to reaching that goal Monday by scoring early in both games and adding onto those leads to complete the sweep of the four-game series from the Cardinals.
The first game saw the Miners score all seven of their runs in the second and third innings to back starter Chris Bowe, as the senior righthander picked up his fourth win of the season with a six-inning, eight-strikeout performance.
The Miners started the scoring with five straight one-out hits in the second inning. Hits by Lance Portwood, Clint Wobbe and Sam Adams loaded the bases, then Kyle Rich singled through the hole on the left side to score Portwood and Wobbe. Michael Boxell followed with a double down the line in left, sending Adams and Rich across the plate to give S&T a 4-0 lead.
After the Cardinals scored a run in the top of the third, the Miners added three more in the bottom half of the frame and again did all the damage after the first hitter was retired. A walk to Zach Siegel was followed by a double off the bat of Portwood and an opposite field double by Wobbe to score Siegel.
Moments later, Adams singled up the middle to drive home two more runs to give the Miners a commanding six-run advantage.
The Cardinals threatened to get back into the game in the sixth as they plated two runs and loaded the bases against Bowe, but Brian Rezin, representing the tying run, flied out to end the inning.
S&T had a 9-8 advantage in hits in game one as Portwood, Wobbe and Adams all had two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, the Miners put two runs on the board in the opening inning. Boxell walked and stole second, moved third on a hit by Reed Brown and scored on a balk. Later in the inning, Morrison drove in Brown with an RBI single.
The Miners added single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings before the Cardinals broke the shutout with a run in the eighth. In the third, Portwood drove in the run with an RBI groundout, while Rich drove in Wobbe with a hit in the fourth. The Miners' sixth inning run scored on Brown's sacrifice fly.
After the Cardinals scored the run in the eighth on an infield out, S&T got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Wobbe led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt and came in on a ground ball by Rich.
Eric Van Dyke, who was matched up with fellow Longmont, Colo., native Dylan Pollack as the second game starter, allowed only four hits over the first five innings to get the win. Three Miner relievers scattered three hits over the final four innings to preserve the Miners' season-high fifth straight win.
Michael Lockett, Wobbe and Rich all had three hits for the Miners, who outhit the Cardinals 11-7 in the contest.