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LWC Baseball to close out MSC Opening Round games Saturday

By Christopher Coombs

The Lindsey Wilson baseball team battled for the Mid-South Conference Opening Round series sweep at Egnew Park but the Shawnee State (Ky.) homerun ball proved to be too much for the Blue Raiders to overcome. The two-game day featured 50 hits and 43 runs scored between the two squads.

Lindsey Wilson took the first game by a final score of 8-7 but the Bears bounced back with a 17-11 win in game two. The Bears managed five home runs in both nine-inning contests as the Blue Raiders managed three throughout the day.

Lindsey Wilson and Shawnee State return to action Saturday at Egnew Park. The first pitch is slated for 5:30pmCT with a trip to the MSC Tournament final site in Bowling Green, KY on the line.

G1: Lindsey Wilson 8 - Shawnee State 7
The Blue Raiders overcame a 5-0 sixth inning deficit and five Shawnee State home runs to win game one 8-7. Lindsey Wilson struggled at the plate early in the contest but came to life in their final two innings at the plate.

Managing just two hits through the sixth inning, Lindsey Wilson made use of four hits and one Shawnee State error to push home six runs. The offensive surge gave the Blue Raiders a 6-5 lead.

Seth Price scored the first run of the inning on a Henry Paulino RBI single. Lucas Bault then pushed home the second run of the inning on a single up the middle as Nico Martinez trotted home.

With the bases loaded, Austin Rayno reached base on a wild throw by the Bears third baseman Damion Coleman. The error allowed all three Lindsey Wilson baserunners to score. Rayno closed out the scoring when a Derek Zavala RBI single proved to be the last hit of the inning.

Lindsey Wilson added two more runs in the eighth inning as Martinez and Kelvin Llanos each managed a hit. Llanos hit a two-RBI double that scored Tyler Maskill - who reached on a walk - and Martinez.

Shawnee State hit two solo home runs in the top of the ninth to pull within one but LWC held on to take the contest.

Kyle Collin picked up his sixth win of the season after coming on in relief for Cohen Achen who went five and two-thirds innings. Collin recorded four strikeouts while allowing three hits and two runs. Achen tallied five strikeouts while allowing six hits and five runs.

G2: Lindsey Wilson 11 - Shawnee State 17
Shawnee State produced their sixth home run of the day in the first inning of game two, a three-run shot by Howie Rodriguez. Lindsey Wilson responded in the bottom half of the inning when Rayno produced a two-run shot over the right-field fence to shrink their deficit to one run.

The Bears tacked on two runs in the second inning to push their lead back to three runs. Shawnee State added another home run in the fourth inning to further increase their lead.

Martinez got in on the slugfest with a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Maskill scored on the hit as he led off the inning with a single. Maskill knotted the game at six when he hit a two-run shot of his own in the fifth inning. Price scored on the play after leading off the inning with a single.

Following four unanswered LWC runs, Shawnee State scored four runs in the sixth inning to quickly regain the lead at 10-6.

With runners on the corners in the bottom half of the inning, Paulino managed a two-RBI double that scored Zavala from third and Price all the way from first. Maskill once again knotted the game, this time at 10, when he hit his second consecutive two-run shot.

Shawnee State responded once again, hitting their eighth home run of the day. Jacob Kline was responsible for the solo shot that gave the Bears a one-run lead in the eighth.

Lindsey Wilson loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, a wild pitch by Tanner Cunningham allowed Martinez to score from third, once again tying the game. This time at 11 runs apiece.

The Bears tacked on six more runs in the final inning as it proved to be too much for the Blue Raiders to overcome as they split the doubleheader.

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