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Cappe records career-high 11 strikeouts against Shawnee State

By Kyrin Mayfield

The Lindsey Wilson baseball team resumed Mid-South Conference play by splitting a doubleheader with Shawnee State (OH) at Egnew Park on Thursday. It was the team's third and fourth games in just three days.

Game 1: Lindsey Wilson - 12 | Shawnee State - 3
After scoring 15 runs in the Blue Raiders' previous contest against No. 11 Indiana University Southeast on Wednesday, Lindsey Wilson's offense remained hot in game one, but not immediately.

Starting pitcher Brady Cappe kept the Bears at bay over the first six innings by limiting Shawnee State to just one run, which was a solo home run by Jacob Kline in the top of the third for a 1-0 lead by the Bears.

In the bottom half of the inning, the bats woke up for the Blue Raiders. Just two batters in, Lindsey Wilson tied it when Henry Paulino doubled to deep center to bring home Tyler Maskill, who was pinch running for Lucas Bault after he was hit by a pitch. Ty Menrath followed with a two-run blast to left field to give the Blue Raiders a 3-1 advantage.

It wasn't until the sixth when Lindsey Wilson would add to its lead. With two outs, Derek Zavala sent a double into right field. Nico Martinez then stepped in to score Zavala on a single up the middle. Seth Price concluded the frame with a double of his own to plate Martinez and increase the lead to 5-1.

Shawnee State fought back in the top of the seventh with two singles and a double to reduce the Blue Raiders' lead to 5-3.

One half-inning later, Lindsey Wilson doubled its run total with five base hits, one double, and a three-run home run by Martinez, his first of the year, for a 10-3 lead with two innings remaining.

That lead would only grow in the eighth. Paulino led off the inning with a single and was brought home on Gabe Board's blast to left field, his first of the year as well, for a 12-3 victory.

Lindsey Wilson recorded a season-high batting average of .432 in the first game led by Paulino's 3-for-4 day at the plate with three runs and an RBI. Martinez also notched three hits in five at-bats with two runs and a team-high four RBIs.

Cappe (4-1) secured the win after limiting the Bears to two earned runs over seven innings. Additionally, he fanned a career-high 11 batters.

Cohen Achen closed the door with two shutout innings of relief and three strikeouts.

Game 2 (seven innings): Lindsey Wilson - 2 | Shawnee State - 6
Shawnee State flexed its muscles in the second game. After four total home runs in game one, three of which were hit by Lindsey Wilson, the Bears tacked on four more in what felt like a home run derby.

On the first pitch of the game, George Duran gave Shawnee State the lead with his dinger to center.

One more ball was sent over the fence in the third inning when Javier Santiago launched a ball over the batting cages outside of left field for three runs and a 4-0 lead by the Bears.

Another leadoff homer in the fifth inning, this time by Danny McGuire, pushed the lead to 5-0 before the Blue Raiders got on the board in the bottom of the frame when Kelvin Llanos crossed home on Paulino's second double of the day. The deficit was reduced to 5-1.

In the seventh, a third home run by the leadoff batter gave Shawnee State its sixth run of the game.

Despite Llanos scoring again in the seventh inning, this time on a throwing error by the Bears, Lindsey Wilson couldn't come back and fell 6-2.

Bradley Hines (1-3) was given the loss after allowing four runs in his three innings on the mound.

Four different Blue Raiders registered a hit including Austin Rayno, Zavala, Paulino and Board.

Lindsey Wilson (7-10, 4-4 MSC) and Shawnee State (9-8, 3-4 MSC) return to Egnew Park on Friday for a single game beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

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