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No. 10 Lions' road win gives MSSU baseball coach Bryce Darnell his 500th victory

Mar. 12—CLAREMORE, Okla. — Missouri Southern head baseball coach Bryce Darnell recorded his 500th career victory in a 5-1 road win over Rogers State on Tuesday in Claremore.

Darnell came to MSSU in 2007, becoming the third head baseball coach in Southern history. Over 16 complete seasons at MSSU he has led the Lions to the MIAA Tournament 12 times and has coached 115 all-MIAA performances, 27 all-region honorees, 12 all-America selections and one National Pitcher of the Year

Carl Junction junior Alex Baker provided the start for No. 10 Missouri Southern, which won its seventh straight game and improved to 21-4 overall and 9-1 in the MIAA.

Baker (1-0) threw six innings, struck out five, and gave up one run on six hits and one walk.

Southern got on the board in the top of the first off an Ethan Clark double to left center that plated Will Doherty. Treghan Parker followed that up with a two-run single that scored Clark and Wyatt Morgan and gave MSSU a 3-0 lead.

The Lions put another run on the board in the top of the third inning when Nate Mieszkowski brought Clark home with a single to right field and Chayton Beck connected for a solo home run over the left-center field fence in the top of the sixth inning to make it 5-0.

Rogers State scored one run in the bottom of the frame on a fielder's choice RBI from Geovanni Blackshaw that plated Jake Mitchell to make it 5-1.

Parker led the Lions at the plate, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Joel Escalante was 2 for 4 for the Hillcats.

Next up for the Lions is a three-game road series beginning at 3 p.m. Friday against Pittsburg State at PSU.