Lincoln baseball drops series to Northwest Missouri State

MARYVILLE — The Lincoln Blue Tigers managed just six runs in three games, dropping all of them to the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in baseball action over the weekend.

Lincoln lost both halves of a Saturday doubleheader, falling 7-0 and 8-3.

In the lidlifter, the Blue Tigers managed just three hits. Colby Shepherd had two of them, a single and a triple, while Logan Smith’s single was the only other one.

Lincoln did draw five walks, but the Blue Tigers also struck out nine times in the seven-inning contest.

Cameron Moss (1-8) started and took the loss. He gave up seven earned runs in five innings, walking four and striking out four. Patrick Evans pitched a hitless final frame and struck out one.

In the nightcap, Lincoln fell behind 6-0 after four innings and never seriously challenged.

The Blue Tigers’ first run came in the sixth when a Brad Wright double plated Andrew St. Pierre, who had walked earlier.

Lincoln then got two in the eighth, one on a Northwest Missouri State error and the other on a sacrifice fly by Clint Cashen.

Again Lincoln had just three hits, as Wright’s RBI double and singles by St. Pierre and Martin Gulley accounted for all of the production.

Starter Jacob Busch (1-3) lasted just two innings and took the loss. He allowed four earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one.

Josh Kennedy followed and gave up two earned runs on two hits and three walks in two innings. He struck out one. Caleb Kemna pitched the final four innings and gave up just two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk.

Lincoln’s offense finally broke out of its doldrums Sunday, but the Blue Tigers’ 12 hits produced few runs in a 10-3 loss.

Northwest Missouri State scored two runs in the first before both teams scored a run in the third. Lincoln’s came when Cody Huff’s single plated Kemna.

The Blue Tigers cut the lead to 3-2 with a run in the top of the fourth on Shepherd’s single that scored Cashen, but then gave up two runs in the bottom of the frame to fall behind 5-2.

The Bearcats made it 6-2 in the sixth and 8-2 after seven.

Lincoln got one in the top of the eight, on an RBI single by Jonathan Grishman that plated St. Pierre, and Northwest Missouri State got two in the bottom to end the scoring.

Grishman ended up with three hits and one RBI, Huff and Shepherd had two hits and one RBI apiece, and Kemna chipped in with a pair of hits.

Sixes were the story for Lincoln starter Scott Jones (2-9), who worked the first six innings to take the loss. He gave up six earned runs on six hits with six walks and six strikeouts.

Joe Jungmeyer pitched the seventh, allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks. Cashen pitched the eighth and allowed one hit.

Lincoln’s overall record dipped to 5-31 and the Blue Tigers are now just 4-26 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Northwest Missouri State is 19-25 overall and 15-22 in league play.

The Blue Tigers return to action Tuesday with a doubleheader at Truman State.

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