From Staff reports
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Northeastern State baseball team took the second of two games against Lincoln Sunday afternoon at the LU Baseball Field.
The Blue Tigers (7-33, 6-29 MIAA) captured the opening game 14-4, while the RiverHawks (27-21, 25-20 MIAA) secured the series finale 12-6.
NSU and LU have agreed to cancel Monday’s single game, as it will not affect the final MIAA standings. The RiverHawks have finished sixth in their inaugural season in the league, and they are scheduled to travel to either Emporia State or Missouri Southern State in the opening round of the 2013 MIAA Championship. The official brackets will be released by the conference at a later date.
Lincoln 14, NSU 4 (first game)
Northeastern State took an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the second, but the Blue Tigers plated three in the home half of the frame to pull ahead. NSU answered with three in the top of the third, but Lincoln scored four in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth to take an insurmountable lead and win the first game.
Sophomore Preston Cash and freshman Andrew Walker were both 2-for-3 at the plate to pace NSU. The green and white used five pitchers, with senior Craig George taking the loss. He started the game and allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 innings.
Jonathan Grisham led the Blue Tigers with a 4-for-5 effort. He hit a home run, drove home two and scored three times. Colby Shepherd was 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored.
NSU 12, Lincoln 6 (second game)
The visitors jumped on top 11-0 after three innings and held on for the six-run victory.
Sophomore Kyle Shambaugh tossed the first 4 1/3 innings and picked up the no-decision. He allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Senior Frank Sprick (5-4) recorded the last two outs of the fifth inning to collect the win. Senior Trevor Walch threw the final 4 innings and earned his ninth save of the season. He did not allow a run, while only giving up two hits and striking out four.
Junior Kyle Singleton was 2-for-5 at the plate with his 15th home run of the season and four runs batted in. Senior Trent Wilkins and sophomore David Weber both had two hits, two runs batted in and two runs scored.
Colby Shepherd and Caleb Kemna combined for four of LU’s nine hits. Grishman and Cashen both drove home two.
Lincoln starter Darren Lasley threw the first 1 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs on five hits, while striking out two and walking two.
RiverHawks Lose Twice on Senior Day
The Northeastern State softball team dropped two games to Missouri Western State Sunday afternoon at RiverHawks Park.
NSU (26-22, 16-10 MIAA) lost game one in a run-rule 9-0 to MWSU (36-14, 20-8 MIAA) and gave up game two 3-1.
The green and white honored their six seniors between games. The six student-athletes who played their final collegiate games at home were Ashton Bruce, Cayce Coleman, Laquieta Drew, Kelsi Hilderbrandt, Lisa Ripperger, and Lindsea Ross.
MWSU 9, NSU 0 (first game)
Missouri Western State took an early 2-0 lead over Northeastern State in the opening half of the first inning.
The Griffons would go on to score one run in the top of the second and third innings to improve their lead to 4-0.
The RiverHawks battled through the fourth frame holding MWSU to 4-0, but Missouri Western State pulled ahead plating three runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth frame to run-rule Northeastern State 9-0.
Coleman went 2-for-3 at bat. Coleman (9-7) also took the loss in the circle after throwing six frames. She allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs.
MWSU 3, NSU 1 (second game)
Both teams remained scoreless until Missouri Western State scored two runs on back-to-back plays to lead Northeastern State 2-0 in the top of the third frame.
The RiverHawks plated junior Madison Reed in the home half of the fourth frame after junior Amanda Harjo advanced to second on a throwing error by the catcher. Reed reached base on a single to the shortstop. The RiverHawks ended the frame one run behind the Griffons at 2-1.
MWSU improved its lead in the top of the sixth inning by one to defeat NSU 3-1.
Freshman Kayce Wooldridge (10-11) took the loss in the circle after throwing a complete game. She allowed seven hits and three runs. Wooldridge was 7-1 in her last eight decisions after starting the year 3-9.
The RiverHawks have locked up the No. 5 seed in the 2013 MIAA Softball Championship, which will be contested May 2-4 in Overland Park, Kan.
NSU will face No. 4 seed Emporia State at 6 p.m. Thursday, and the team will then play a second game at 8 p.m. that night.
The official brackets will be released by the MIAA at a later date.