Feb. 5—The Missouri Southern baseball team logged three dominant wins before falling 8-1 to Oauchita Baptist in the Dugan Invitational last weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The No. 23 Lions opened the season with a 7-2 win over No. 17 Southern Arkansas (3-1) on Thursday. MSSU logged 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth, added 4 more in the bottom of the sixth and their seventh run in the bottom of the eighth before giving up 2 runs in the top of the ninth.
Treghan Parker was a single short of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Last season's MIAA Freshman of the Year, Ethan Clark, was 2-for-4 for the Lions, scoring twice and bringing 1 run across the plate.
Cole Gayman (1-0) garnered the win, giving up just one hit while striking out seven in six innings of work; Kyle Moore recorded the save, giving up 2 runs, one hit and two walks.
On Monday, Gayman was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week.
On Friday, the Lions fell down 0-2 in the first inning but rallied to score 4 runs in the top of the second against Henderson State (2-1). Southern added 3 more in the top of the third, 1 in the sixth and 8 runs in the top of the eighth to take care of Henderson State 16-4 in a run-rule-shortened game.
Clark was 3-for-5, including a triple. He scored three times and logged one RBI. Garrett Rice was 2-for-5 with four RBIs and 2 runs scored and Drew Davis was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a homer and 2 runs scored. Will Doherty hit a three-run home run for the Lions.
Reliever Michael Moore (1-0) logged the win, giving up three hits in three innings, while striking out seven and walking two.
On Saturday, the Lions broke out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Arkansas Monticello (1-1). Both teams scored a pair of runs in the fourth. AMU put 4 runs across in the top of the fifth to even the game at 6-6, but the Lions plated three base runners in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead. Southern added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh and went on to the 10-6 win.
Drew Townsend recorded three RBIs after going 2-for-5, including a home run, with 2 runs scored. Henry Kusiak was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Doherty was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run. Wyatt Morgan was 1-for-1 with five walks drawn, an RBI and a run.
Jacob Davis (1-0) got the win giving up three hits, two walks and striking out six in 4.1 innings of work; Moore logged his second save of the weekend.
In the Lions' final game of the weekend on Sunday, Ouachita Baptist scored once in four of the first six innings to claim a 4-0 lead over the Lions heading into the top of the seventh. MSSU scored in the seventh off a solo home run but gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the eighth to drop its first game of the year 8-1 in a game where both teams logged 10 hits.
Townsend was 3-for-4, Doherty was 2-for 4. Kyle Kaempf (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up 3 runs on four hits and four walks in 3 and one-third innings of work.
The Lions will have a chance to turn the tables on Ouachita (3-0) when they welcome the Tigers to Warren Turner Field for MSSU's home opener in a three-day, three-game set beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.
Before they return home, the Lions travel to Southwestern Oklahoma University for a game at 1 p.m. Tuesday.