After a tough 11-9 loss to Quincy on Friday, Missouri S&T saw its 2018 baseball season come to a close Saturday afternoon as Southern Indiana blanked the Miners 10-0 in an elimination game in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at U.S. Baseball Park.
The Miner offense was shut down by Screaming Eagle starter Kyle Griffin, who shut out S&T over the first eight innings on five hits and struck out 11 along the way.
USI broke open a close game – the score was 2-0 at the end of seven innings – with four-run outbursts in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Screaming Eagles (31-20) scored first in the third inning, as they loaded the bases with one out and got a run across the plate when Drake McNamara hit into a fielder's choice. Nick Gobert followed with a double to the opposite field to score USI's second run of the inning.
Griffin set the first nine Miners down in order before Cameron Burk (Nacogdoches, TX/Cushing)reached on an infield hit to begin the fourth. S&T had two runners on with one out in the inning, but Matt Gruse (Neenah, WI/Neenah) was picked off and Griffin struck out Conner Forsythe (Farmington, MO/Farmington) to get out of the jam.
The Miners' next good scoring chance came in the sixth when Kaleb Reid (Smithville, MO/Smithville)doubled with one out, but the Miners were kept off the scoreboard as Griffin retired the next two hitters.
After the third, USI was held in check through the seventh by Miner starter Trent Green (Perryville, MO/Perryville) and reliever Luke Marcheschi (Bloomington, IL/Central Catholic), but the Screaming Eagles added to their advantage with four runs in the eighth, taking advantage of the Miners' only error of the contest to start the rally.
Green allowed just four hits and two runs in his final collegiate outing, as he threw 101 pitches through six innings. Burk and Matt Knickerbocker (Bayfield, CO/Bayfield) had two of the Miners' five hits as S&T was outhit 11-6 in the game.
The Miners finished their 2018 season with a record of 26-26.