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Lions handle Hillcats in MIAA matchup

Mar. 26—In what was a back-and-forth game through the first five innings, Missouri Southern baseball logged a 13-4 win over Rogers State on Tuesday at Warren Turner Field.

The Hillcats (16-12, 8-9) took a one-run lead in the top of the first when AJ Folds scored on a Matthew Delgado single to short.

Southern (27-6, 14-3) evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning after Will Doherty plated Andrew Brubeck with a double to right field and then took a 2-1 lead when Henry Kusiak scored on a fielder's choice.

Rogers State tied the game in the fourth inning when Ramon Torres scored on Folds' steal attempt of second base. The Hillcats regained the lead at 4-2 off a two-run homer off the bat of Jake Mitchell.

The Lions then put three across the plate in the bottom of the frame. Drew Townsend hit a sacrifice grounder that scored Garrett Rice. Kusiak, this week's MIAA hitter of the week, added anther Lion run and tied the game at 4-4 when he hit a triple to right center that scored Nate Mieszkowski from second. Doherty gave Southern a 5-4 lead when he brought home Kusiak with a single to left field.

MSSU extended its lead to 9-4 in the bottom of the fifth after a Mieszkowski double that plated Rice, a Kusiak sacrifice fly that scored Mieszkowski and an Ethan Clark double that brought Townsend and Brubeck across the plate.

Southern added another run to make it 10-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Doherty drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Mieszkowski.

Case Tucker expanded the Lion lead to 11-4 in the bottom of the seventh frame when he drove home Tyler Ferguson with a sacrifice grounder.

Wyatt Morgan logged an RBI in the bottom of the eighth, driving home Kusiak with a single to right field that gave Southern a 12-4 advantage. Doherty further padded the Lion lead to 13-4 when he scored on a fielder's choice.

Doherty finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs, a run and a stolen base. Clark was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Kusiak was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, three runs and a stolen bag.

Delgado led the Hillcats at the plate after going 4 for 4 with an RBI. Torres was 3 for 4 with a run.

Southern reliever Jacob Davis logged the win after giving up three runs on four hits in two innings of work.

Hillcats starter Nate Wohlgemuth was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on four hits in four innings.

Up next for the Lions is a road trip to Maryville to face Northwest Missouri for a three-game series beginning Thursday. On Friday, April 5, Southern returns to Warren Turner Field to face Central Oklahoma.