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MSSU baseball team plates 21 runs in win over Oklahoma Baptist

Feb. 13—The Missouri Southern Lions scored 21 runs in a 21-6 run-rule win over the Oklahoma Baptist Bison on Tuesday afternoon at Warren Turner Field.

Henry Kusiak hit two home runs and Garrett Rice and Ryan Cline added a long bomb each to fuel the offensive explosion. Drew Davis added a triple and Drew Townsend, Will Doherty, Treghan Parker, Nate Mieszkowski, Case Tucker, Davis and Ethan Clark (2) each logged singles.

Southern (7-2) wasted no time getting on the board, plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kusiak drove home Townsend with a two-run shot to right field before Rice made it 5-0 with a three-run blast that scored Mieszkowski and Doherty.

OBU's Jacob Campbell got a two-out, two-run homer off Lion starter Kyle Kaempf in the top of the second to close the game to within three runs at 5-2 but Southern answered with four runs in the bottom of the second, courtesy of a Clark double that plated Townsend and Chayton Beck, a Clark run on a passed ball and a Mieszkowski single that scored Parker. The Lions entered the top of the third with a 9-2 advantage.

Southern extended that lead to 13-2 in the bottom of the third when Clark hit a two-run single that brought Townsend and Davis home and Doherty doubled to plate Clark and later scored on an error.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the Bison (6-2) got two runs across in the top of the fifth when Isiah Lissade and Austin Gonzales both scored on an error. Kusiak answered for the Lions with his second homer of the game to put MSSU up 14-4 heading into the sixth inning.

The Bison scored on a bases-loaded walk of Lissade from Lion reliever Walker Sweet and added their final run of the game when Campbell scored after Shafer was hit by a Jacob Davis pitch with bases loaded.

The Lions responded with their most productive inning — seven runs — in the bottom of the sixth. Davis doubled to center field to plate Mieszkowski to make it 15-6 and Tucker hit a double that brought Davis home and gave the Lions a 16-6 lead. Clark made it 18-6 with a two-RBI double that brought Townsend and Tucker home and Cline plated the final three Lion runs of the game with a bomb to left field that scored Clark and Kusiak and gave MSSU the 21-6 win.

Eleven Lions logged hits in the game and five Lions — Kusiak, Clark, Parker, Mieszkowski and Drew Davis — all logged multiple hits.

Kaempf (1-1) logged his first win of the young season, giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings of work. Reliever Michael Moore fanned three and gave up one hit in one inning of work.

The Lions return to action Friday for the first game of the Lion Classic, when they face Minnesota-Mankato at 4 p.m at Warren Turner Field. They follow with a 1 p.m. Saturday game against Lewis University, which opens its season Friday against Northwest Missouri State in the Classic, and then battle Illinois-Springfield (2-1) at 4 p.m. Sunday.