A string of late heroics allowed the Missouri S&T baseball team to extend its winning streak to a season-high six games Wednesday afternoon, as the Miners tallied a game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and scored again in the tenth to win 5-4 over Lindenwood-Belleville at the S&T Baseball Field.
Missouri S&T improved to 21-22 on the year and will close out its regular season schedule this weekend with a four-game series against Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo. The teams will play doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at noon as the Miners will look to secure a spot in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
S&T took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, but the Lynx tied the game on a two-out hit in the eighth and took the lead with a run in the ninth – only to see the Miners answer back with back-to-back hits with two outs in their half of the ninth to send the contest into extra innings. Clint Wobbe's one-out single scored the winning run in the tenth.
Lindenwood-Belleville, who went down in order in each of the first two innings against S&T starter Mack Preston, scored a run in the third and fourth to take the first lead of the contest. Tyler Ford's RBI single put the Lynx in front in the third and Mirek Sharp singled home a run in the following inning.
S&T responded by scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth. Lance Portwood drew a one-out walk and after Zach Siegel hit into a fielder's choice to retire Portwood, Wobbe singled and Sam Adams walked to load the bases. Kyle Rich lined a single over the head of the second baseman to tie the game, followed by an RBI single by Tyler Bodenstab to score Adams with the go-ahead run.
Miner reliever Jacob Hinton kept the Lynx off the scoreboard over the next three innings, but was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk to Kyle Forsythe to start the eighth. Ryan Bearden retired the next two hitters, but gave up a double to Dylan Skinner that tied the game.
The Lynx took the lead in the ninth as Sharp was hit by a pitch with one out and Ryan Siebert reached on an error while trying to bunt Sharp into scoring position. Reed Brown took over on the mound and gave up hits to the first two hitters he faced, the first by Sean Keeney to put Lindenwood-Belleville into the lead, but the Miners retired a runner on the bases on both hits to escape further damage.
On Keeney's hit, Michael Boxell threw out Siebert at third, then Keeney was thrown out at the plate on a hit by Forsythe by Adams in right.
Page 2 of 2 - Michael Sabatino, who entered the game in the seventh, set down the first two Miners in the ninth, but Boxell doubled past third to keep the inning alive. Brown followed by rapping a single into center to score Boxell with the trying run, then set the Lynx down in order in the tenth to set the stage for the winning rally in the bottom of the frame.
Matt Robaska opened the inning with a hit and Portwood reached on an error while trying to sacrifice. After Siegel hit into a fielder's choice as the Lynx could only retire the runner at second, Wobbe got his third hit of the game as his liner landed past the outstretched glove of a diving Cody Walker in right to score pinch-runner Jake Brower with the winning run.
Brown and Portwood also had two hits for the Miners as they outhit the Lynx 12-9.