Tahlequah Daily Press

College Sports

May 9, 2014

NSU rally falls short against Missouri Western

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Northeastern State used six hits and one error to score eight runs in the ninth inning, but it still wasn’t enough as the RiverHawks suffered a 12-11 setback against Missouri Western in the first round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association baseball tournament on Thursday.

NSU (26-27) entered the top of the ninth trailing Missouri Western (31-18) by nine runs, but the RiverHawks started things off with singles by Kyle Singleton and Ryan Staggs. Both ended up coming around to score, and Singleton later hit a two-run home run in the frame to pull NSU to within a run.

However, Staggs followed with a ground out to third base to end the contest.

Singleton finished two-for-four with two runs scored and two driven in. Cody Robinson went three-for-five for the RiverHawks while driving in three runs and recording his 18th home run of the season.

Robinson’s homer in the sixth inning tied the game at 3, but Missouri Western followed in the home half of the sixth inning with six runs. The Griffons tacked on two in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Kyle Shambaugh was the losing pitcher for the RiverHawks, despite allowing only one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Six of Shambaugh’s runs were unearned in his five-hit, three-walk and five-strikeout performance.

Zack Hammock, Hayden Walch and Zach Poehl combined to toss 2 1/3 innings of relief for NSU, giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks.

Grant Woods picked up the win for the Griffons, giving up seven runs (all earned) on eight hits in eight innings of work. Mason Queen came in to clean up Banks Born’s mess in the ninth to pick up the save.

Dylan Koch and Ryan Degner both clubbed home runs for the Griffons, who had 10 hits as a team. Koch logged a three-hit effort and scored four times, and David Chew was three-for-four with three runs batted in.

Missouri Western advanced to the semifinals, which will be played at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The Griffons will take on the Central Oklahoma-Emporia State winner. The loser of that game will play NSU at 10 a.m. on Friday in an elimination game.

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