Blue Tiger bats fall asleep

WARRENSBURG — The Lincoln baseball team managed just eight hits for the day while dropping both halves of a doubleheader with the Central Missouri Mules on Tuesday.

The Blue Tigers came up with just five hits while dropping the seven-inning opening game by a 6-1 score.

The Mules scored two runs in the first, and one in the second and third to race out to a 4-0 lead.

Both teams scored a run in the fourth, Lincoln’s coming in when Brad Wright’s single plated Ben Stewart.

The Mules then got a run in the sixth to close out the scoring.

Caleb Kemna had a single and a double for Lincoln and was the only Blue Tiger with multiple hits.

Scott Jones (2-3) started and took the loss for Lincoln. He gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out one.

Jacob Busch worked the final inning for the Blue Tigers and allowed one hit.

Brad Wilson (Helias High School) drove in a run for Central Missouri in the win.

The Blue Tigers then managed just three hits while dropping the nightcap 11-2.

Lincoln’s only run came in the top of the seventh on sacrifice flies by Stewart and Clint Cashen.

Andrew St. Pierre had two of the Blue Tigers’ hits and Colby Shepherd had the other.

Wilson had two hits and two RBI for the winners.

Cameron Moss (0-5) was the losing pitcher, going 41⁄3 innings and allowing five earned runs on six hit. He walked three and struck out two.

Josh Kennedy was the first of three Lincoln relievers. He gave up four earned runs on six hits in 22⁄3 innings.

Busch gave up two unearned runs on one hit and one walk in 2⁄3 of an inning. He struck out one. Cashen got the final out of the game.

The Mules are now 15-2 overall and 12-1 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

The Blue Tigers (2-13, 2-10) will return to action with a weekend series at Missouri Southern. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m., with a single game Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

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