Lincoln falls to Nebraska Kearney

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KEARNEY, Neb. — The Lincoln baseball team got one huge hit Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to help the Blue Tigers in a 12-9 loss to Nebraska Kearney.

Trailing 10-4 to start the seventh inning, the Blue Tigers got singles from Andrew St. Pierre, Ben Stewart, Clint Cashen and Logan Smith to bring home a run.

One out later, Jonathan Grishman stepped to the plate and blasted a grand slam home run to cut the lead to 10-9.

But after Caleb Kemna walked, the next two batters struck out to kill the rally.

The Lopers then scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to provide the final score.

Lincoln had gotten the game off to a good start when Smith rapped a two-run single in the top of the first.

But Nebraska Kearney got one in the second and four in the third to take the lead for good.

Each team scored a run in the fourth. Lincoln’s came when Cody Huff and Grishman singled and Colby Shepherd and Zach Roberts walked.

The Lopers then made it 9-3 with a three-run bottom of the fifth.

Each team scored in the sixth, as the Blue Tigers got theirs on an RBI groundout by Shepherd that scored Huff.

Grishman had two hits and four RBI, while Smith had two hits and three RBI. Stewart and Huff chipped in with two hits each.

Cameron Moss, the first of five pitchers for Lincoln, took the loss. He gave up six earned runs on eight hits in 41⁄3 innings while striking out three.

The Blue Tigers dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, while Nebraska Kearney moved to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Lincoln will host Emporia State in a three-game set this weekend.

The teams will play a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday and one game beginning at noon Sunday.

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