Missouri Western baseball falls to No. 13 Southern Arkansas 11-9

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ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – For the third time in this young season, the Missouri Western baseball team (2-5) lost a game it led in the seventh inning or later. No. 13 Southern Arkansas (4-3) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, Sunday, to defeat Missouri Western 11-9 in the Henderson State Invitational.

NOTABLES

  • The offensive momentum from an 11-1 win on Saturday continued into the early portion of Sunday’s game with MWSU scoring five runs in the top of the first on Southern Arkansas
  • MWSU’s first three batters of the game all singled, including a two-RBI single from Casey Danley
  • With two out in the first, Andrew Curry drove in one with a triple
  • Brooks Day followed Curry’s at bat with a two-run homer, his first of the season
  • Southern Arkansas took a 6-5 led with a three-run fourth inning
  • MWSU answered with two runs in the fifth
  • The Griffons scored another in the sixth and one more in the seventh to take a 9-7 lead
  • With two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh, SAU got the rally going with a two-RBI triple and ended it with a two-RBI single
  • After Sunday, 51 percent of Griffon opponents’ runs (26) crossed the plate in the seventh inning or later
  • Offensively, Missouri Western has scored eight of its 43 runs (19%) over the final three innings
  • Griffon pitchers struck out 10 batters Sunday and lead the MIAA with 12 more Ks than any other team
  • As a staff, the Griffons are averaging 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings

STATS & LEADERS

  • Curry led the team with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a walk. He scored three runs and drove in one
  • Danley went 2-for-5 with two RBIs
  • Conrad McMahon went 2-for-4 with two runs scored
  • Jacob Purl struck out seven over the first four innings, but gave up six earned runs on five hits
  • Kellan Richards (0-2) took the loss, facing two batters in the seventh and allowing two earned runs on one hit and one walk

UP NEXT

  • St. Cloud State is scheduled to come to St. Joseph for a four-game series, Feb. 15-17
  • The Huskies are 3-0 and picked up wins over No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville and No. 20 Central Missouri last weekend

— MWSU Athletics —