From Staff reports
The Northeastern State baseball team split a doubleheader with Lindenwood University Saturday afternoon at Thomas C. Rousey Field.
The RiverHawks (17-15, 17-15 MIAA) won the first game by a score of 11-9, and the Lions (15-17, 14-12 MIAA) took the second game 20-8.
A stiff wind that reached as much as 35 mph blew toward left field for the majority of the day and helped the two teams combine for 50 hits and 48 runs.
The rubber match in the series is set to begin at noon on Sunday.
NSU 11, Lindenwood (first game)
A six-run first and a four-run fifth helped the RiverHawks pick up the victory in the opening game of the series. Senior Gavin Johnson hit a three-run double and freshman Andrew Walker hit his first-career homer to help put NSU on top 6-0 after the first frame.
Lindenwood posted a five spot in the top of the second, and the visitors manufactured a two-out, game-tying run in the fourth.
Senior Trent Wilkins scored to put Northeastern State back on top by one at 7-6, and the home side broke the game open with a four-run fifth.
Wilkins hit a bases-clearing single in the inning, and sophomore David Weber plated Wilkins with a sacrifice bunt.
The Lions got three back in the top of the sixth, but senior pitcher Trevor Walch was able to shut down the visitors in the final frame and send his team to victory.
Walch earned his fifth save of the season after tossing the final 1.2 innings. He allowed one run on two hits. Senior Craig George (4-3) picked up the win after allowing eight runs on 13 hits in 5.1 innings. He walked five and struck out one.
Wilkins was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Weber and Walker both drove home two, and Johnson plated three. The Lions outhit the RiverHawks 15-11, but they also had three errors to none from NSU.
Nick Kolley led LU with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, while also driving in four and scoring once. Wade Rothermich and Mike Failoni both had three hits.
Starting pitcher Dylan Terrell was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs (three earned) and nine hits in 4.1 innings.
LU 20, NSU 8 (second game)
Lindenwood scored nine runs in the first four innings and bookended another 11 in the final two frames to take the 12-run victory.
Nathan Prindle went 2-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored for the visitors. Colton Moore was 4-for-4 and scored five times. Lindenwood outhit NSU 17-7.
Bendan Kleekamp (2-4) scattered seven hits across seven innings, and he earned the win after allowing eight runs. He also struck out nine and walked four. Alex Erb threw the final two innings for the Lions and did not allow a hit.
Juniors Cody Robinson and Kyle Singleton both hit home runs for Northeastern State and finished with three runs batted in.
Senior Frank Sprick (2-3) started the game and lasted just two innings after allowing seven runs on six hits. NSU went through five pitchers total, with junior Addison Williams seeing the most productive time on the mound. He threw 3.1 innings in relief and allowed just one run on two hits. He also struck out five and walked just one.