Lincoln baseball splits with SW Baptist

BOLIVAR — It had been 17 days since the Lincoln baseball team last took to the field.

Wednesday’s doubleheader was a chance to shake off some of the rust.

The Blue Tigers returned to action after the long snow delay and earned a doubleheader split against Southwest Baptist.

Lincoln posted a 9-4 win in the opener as Jonathan Grishman drove in three runs.

Lincoln jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run double by Brad Wright in the first inning.

After Southwest Baptist tied the game in the third, Lincoln responded with a pair of runs in the fourth on an RBI sacrifice fly from Andrew St. Pierre and an RBI single from Clint Cashen.

Lincoln added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh, aided by Grishman’s two-run double.

Scott Jones picked up the victory. He allowed four runs (three earned) and four hits in six innings.

Lincoln wasn’t so fortunate in the second game as Southwest Baptist scored two runs in the ninth to rally for a 7-6 victory.

The Blue Tigers led 6-5 heading into a ninth inning that featured three Lincoln errors as things began to unravel.

After a leadoff walk, Bo Helsel singled and the runners moved up to second and third on a throwing error.

Then Ross Wolfe reached on a throwing error, tying the game at 6. After another flyout, Southwest Baptist won the game thanks to Lincoln’s third error of the game.

It was a tough finish for the Blue Tigers, who committed six errors in the game.

Colby Shepherd had four hits and scored four runs for Lincoln.

Cameron Moss was saddled with the loss as he allowed an unearned run in the ninth inning.

Lincoln trailed 4-3 after four, but scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, and another in the eighth to take a 6-4 lead. But one run in the eighth and two in the ninth were too much to overcome.

The Blue Tigers (2-6) outhit the Bearcats (5-4) 10-8.

Lincoln is scheduled to open the home season Saturday with a doubleheader against William Jewell.

The first game should start at noon.

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