Lincoln splits baseball twinbill against Truman State

KIRKSVILLE — Lincoln made its final Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game against Truman State a memorable one.

The Blue Tigers pounded out 18 hits and knocked off the Bulldogs 18-0 as part of a doubleheader split Wednesday.

It was a singles parade for the Blue Tigers who had just two extra-base hits.

Lincoln got five in the second, eight in the third, three in the sixth and two in the seventh as Truman Sate used seven different pitchers.

Colby Shepherd went 4-for-4 with four RBI. Clint Cashen and Caleb Kemna (St. Elizabeth High School) had three hits. Kemna also had four RBI. Cody Huff and Jonathan Grishman had two hits each.

Overshadowed by the offense was Lincoln’s Joe Jungmeyer who allowed just two hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout.

Lincoln battled from behind in the first game but fell 6-5 in eight innings.

A bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth by Josh DeRouse won the game for the Bulldogs.

Truman State, which is leaving the conference for the Great Lakes Valley Conference after this season, jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a three-run home run by Chris Zrostlik. Lincoln got a run back in the second on an RBI groundout by Kemna and tied the score in the third on an RBI groundout by Shepherd and an RBI single by Logan Smith.

Truman State took a 5-3 lead with single tallies in the third and fourth. But Lincoln answered with a run in the fifth on a home run by Brad Wright and an RBI single by Andrew St. Pierre in the sixth.

It stayed that way until DeRouse’s single in the eighth.

Taylor Brooks picked up the win for Truman State. He allowed one run on three hits in three innings of relief.

Cameron Moss took the loss for Lincoln, he allowed one run on four hits in 22⁄3 innings of relief.

Smith had three hits for the Blue Tigers (6-32, 5-28 MIAA) who close out the year with a three-game series beginning Saturday at home against Northeastern State.

Truman State (11-32, 10-30 MIAA) plays its final games in the MIAA this weekend against Central Oklahoma.

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