St. Joseph scores two in the ninth to win at Joplin 9-7

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The St. Joseph Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning at Joplin Monday to break a 7-7 tie and they defeated the Outlaws 9-7.

St. Joe’s collegiate summer baseball team is now 3-0 against Joplin this season as they’re 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the MINK League.

The Mustangs’ Alex Phillips singled to lead of the ninth inning, Malik Williams then doubled and Brady Garrison drove in both with a single to break the tie.

St. Joseph blew a 4-1 lead as the Outlaws scored five in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Mustangs scored two in the fifth to tie the game again before both teams scored one run a piece in the sixth.

Phillips led the Mustangs’ 16-hit attack as he finished 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Williams, Garrison and Terrence Spurlin added three hits each. Aaron Dees had two RBI for St. Joe.

Jake Purl made his first start of the season for the Mustangs as he allowed one run and five hits in three innings of work. Preston Bailey earned the win in relief with two scoreless innings and Nick Houzenga earned the save.

St. Joseph stays on the road Wednesday as they play at Ozark. The first pitch is at 7:00 p.m.