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MSSU hangs on for 10-8 win at Drury

Mar. 20—Missouri Southern had to overcome a strong start from Drury on Tuesday evening in Springfield at Mark Worley Field to earn a 10-8 victory.

The Panthers struck for four runs in the first inning to take a 4-1 lead. The Lions were able to keep their bats going and score the next nine runs of the game to take a 10-4 lead.

MSSU surrendered four late runs but was able to hang on.

The Lions had to work through five pitchers in order to pick up the win.

Alex Baker got through three frames and kept the Panthers at just four runs after that tough first inning. He finished with four hits allowed, three walks, four runs and struck out four batters.

Picking up the win was Keaton Anderson (2-0) with two innings of scoreless and hitless pitching. Anderson did walk two batters.

Brandon Overman continued that scoreless and hitless pitching with one inning of work that saw the senior right hander from Liberal High School hit one batter and strike one out.

Drury got three runs between the seventh and eighth innings off of Kyle Kaempf, who gave up a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh that was hit by Wes Collins.

He allowed two runs in the eighth. The first came on a ground ball to Will Doherty, who fielded it and took the out at first and Luke Matschiner scored from third to make it 10-6. Then Briar Stinson singled to drive in Kellen Williamson making it 10-7. Kaempf's final line was two innings, five hits and three earned runs.

Laif Hultine picked up his third save of the season with two strikeouts in an inning of work and just one hit and run allowed on a solo homer struck by Drury's Brandon Holdren.

Southern scoring

Henry Kusiak drove a ball over the wall to start the game's scoring and give Southern an early 1-0 advantage.

Drury had two runners reach base via base on balls and with two outs, Luke Burk doubled to score one. Tyler Bastunas followed with another double and drove in two runs to make it 3-1. The final run came on a Williamson single to drive in Bastunas.

In the second inning it was Kusiak again as he doubled in Drew Townsend to make it 4-2.

The fourth inning saw Andrew Brubeck take a pitch over the outfield fence to tie the game at 4-4. Tyler Ferguson was on base ahead of Brubeck to make it a two-run home run.

Brubeck got the start at catcher on Tuesday to give everyday starter, Chayton Beck, a day off.

The line kept moving in the top of the fourth as back-to-back doubles from Ethan Clark and Treghan Parker brought three more runs home to make it 7-4.

A Wyatt Morgan homer in the sixth made it 9-4, driving in Clark; in the seventh, Will Doherty singled to score Kusiak and make it 10-4.

Kusiak led the offense with his three-hit day, two RBIs and three runs scored. He also drew a walk. Parker, Morgan and Brubeck each drove in two more runs.