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MSSU baseball heads to Oklahoma today after taking of two of three games against Fort Hays

Feb. 28—The Missouri Southern Lions dropped a combined 32-hit game to the Oklahoma Baptist Bisons 20-10 Tuesday in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

That follows the Lions capturing two of three games against Fort Hays State last weekend as Southern opened MIAA play.

Southern hitter Henry Kusiak is now within four hits of tying Southern's career hit record of 257, set by David Fisher from 1989-92.

Oklahoma Baptist The Lions (14-4) on Tuesday plated two runs in the top of the first off an Ethan Clark double and a Treghan Parker single, but gave up four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Southern took a 5-4 lead in the top of the second when Garrett Rice hit a solo home run, Kusiak drove home Tyler Ferguson with a single, and Drew Townsend scored after Parker was hit by a pitch with bases loaded.

OBU (10-5) responded with its biggest inning of the game, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the second to take a 11-5 lead.

The Lions managed to drive four across in the top of the third inning, which included a Will Doherty two-run homer that tightened the game at 11-9.

That was as close as MSSU could get, as Baptist answered with five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend OBU's lead to 16-9.

Both teams plated a single run in the sixth inning. Southern scored Ferguson on a Kusiak sacrifice fly and OBU's Alex Schroeder hit a solo hime run to make it 17-10.

Oklahoma Baptist's Spencer Dickinson put an exclamation point on the Bison win with a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth to give the Bison the 20-10 win.

Ferguson led the Lion charge, finishing 3 for 4 with three runs. Kusiak was 2 for 5 with two RBIs, Doherty was 2 for 6 with 2 RBIs, and Ethan Clark was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Michael Moore (1-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on four hits and walking three in one inning of work.

Fort Hays STATE

The Lions captured two of three games against Fort Hays State last weekend to open MIAA play.

In the opener on Friday, the Lions claimed a 14-10 win over the Tigers.

Southern logged six home runs in the win, including two from Will Doherty and one each from Nate Mieszkowski, Wyatt Morgan, Drew Davis and Chayton Beck.

Fort Hays State led 2-0 after the first inning, but the Lions tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the second. The Tigers reclaimed the lead at 4-2 in the bottom of the third. Each team put a run across in the fourth frame, but MSSU exploded for a five-run fifth to claim the lead for good at 8-7 after five innings. Southern outscored FHSU 6-3 in the final four innings.

Six Lions recorded multiple hits in the game. Mieszkowski was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Parker was 3-for-5 and Doherty was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs. Morgan was 2 for 4 with three runs and an RBI, Davis was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs and Clark was 2 for 6 with an RBI and a run.

Kyle Stoddard (2-0) garnered the win for MSSU, giving up five runs and two walks on eight hits, while fanning 11 in six innings of work.

Southern bats stayed hot on Saturday, with Henry Kusiak hitting a grand slam in a 23-5 Lion win. Parker and Mieszkowski also homered in the win.

Garrett Rice led MSSU at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three runs and an RBI. Doherty was 2 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs, Parker was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs and Mieszkowski drove home five runs, while going 2 for 5 with a run.

Trent Harris (2-0) got the win after giving up two runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking four in five innings of work.

On Sunday, MSSU fell behind 5-0 after six innings before falling 5-3 in the series finale.

Kusiak was the only Lion to log multiple hits in the game, including a solo home run. He finished 3 for 4 in the game. Clark was 1 for 5 with two RBIs.

Cale McCallister (2-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up two earned runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. McCallister struck out three and walked three.

Southern returns to MIAA action at 3 p.m. Friday, when it hosts Newman in the first of a three-game series at Warren Turner Field. The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.