Lyon Clinches Automatic Berth; WWU, MBU Also Advance to Championship Day
Baseball - Sat, May 6, 2017
ST. LOUIS - Three teams have punched their tickets to the Championship Day at the 2017 American Midwest Conference Baseball Championship, and one of those three teams has secured a place in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The Lyon College Scots (33-22) secured their place in the Opening Round with a 10-4 win over the William Woods University Owls in the final game of the winner's bracket. The Scots will be one of the final two teams standing at the AMC Championship, and as such have secured an automatic berth to the Opening Round. Lyon will be making their third trip to the NAIA Opening Round.
Joining the Scots on Championship day will be the Owls and the Missouri Baptist University Spartans, who battled their way back through the loser's bracket after a loss in the Championship's opening game. MBU eliminated three teams on their way through the bracket, including the team who beat them in the first game of the Championship - the host Freed-Hardeman University Lions (32-23).
Game 9 - Freed-Hardeman (32-22) def. Central Baptist College (30-24) 17-1; 7 inn. - Central Baptist Eliminated
Courtesy Freed-Hardeman University Sports Information
HENDERSON, Tenn. - To say the Freed-Hardeman Lion baseball team found their stride Saturday would be an understatement, as they pounded out 20 hits and five homeruns over Central Baptist College to take a 17-1 victory.With the victory, the Lions move to 32-22 on the season and advance to play the winner of the Lindenwood University Belleville and Missouri Baptist University game being played Saturday at 1:00 PM at Carnes Field.
Landon Sewell (5-1) picked up the win in the match-up after working a complete game and striking out 11 while allowing just nine hits. Caulin Cragle (4-5) suffered the loss for Central Baptist (30-24) after working three innings and allowing eight hits and nine earned runs while striking out three.
Wes Brooks led the Lions at the plate, as he went 4-for-5 with three homeruns and nine RBI to give the Mustang pitching staff fits the entire day. Aden Campbell and Houston Looser joined the homerun fire show with one each, as Campbell went a perfect 5-for-5 with four RBI whle Looser went 3-for-4.
The Lions got things started with a bang, as five runs crossed the plate in the top of the first inning, courtesy of a three-run homerun by Aden Campbell and a two-run shot by Wes Brooks to give FHU the early lead.
Brooks would strike again for the Lions in the top of the third inning with three more runs in the top of the third inning, as he connected on a three-run shot to left field to give FHU an 8-0 lead.
The Lions would extend their lead further in the top of the fourth inning, as three more runs crossed the plate following a pair of doubles by Bryce Lester and Wes Brooks to score two followeed by an RBI single by Aden Campbell would make it 11-0.
FHU added another run in the top of the fifth inning following a sacrifice fly by Bryce Lester to score Colin Baber to give FHU the 12-0 lead. Five more runs would cross the plate in the top of the sixth inning following Brooks' third homerun of the day, this time in the form of a three-run variety to put FHU up 15-0. Two more runs were added later in the inning following a two-run shot by Houston Looser to put FHU up 17-0.
Central Baptist would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning, as L'Donta Howard crossed the plate, but it would not be enough, as Sewell shut the Mustangs down for the remainder of the game to secure the 17-1 win for the Lions.
Courtesy Missouri Baptist University Sports Information
HENDERSON, Tenn. – After a day off, Missouri Baptist showed that its offense was well rested. The Spartans posted 12 runs on 13 hits as they eliminated Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) in a 12-5 decision on Saturday in the 2017 American Midwest Conference Championship Tournament.
Missouri Baptist (39-13, 24-6 AMC) put together a hitting display on Saturday as the team capitalized on a tired Lindenwood-Belleville pitching staff. The Spartans hit four balls out of Carnes Field as they ran away with the win in the latter portions of the game.
John Hagan led the scoring for the Spartans in the first. The senior hit an RBI double to left field as Patrick Gaul lost the ball in the sun, and gave Missouri Baptist a 2-0 lead.
Lindenwood-Belleville took a lead briefly in the fifth, but could not hang-on as Mike Syrett got better as the game went along. The Spartan starter went seven and two-thirds of an inning and allowed four earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts.
Lindenwood-Belleville tied the game at two in the fourth inning as a hit batsman started the ball rolling. Alex Wittenauer reached after being hit by Syrett, and after a fielding error by Miles Fore, runners stood at first and second with no outs. Dylan Skinner came to the plate moments later and delivered the first hit of the game for his team, a two-RBI single, and tied the game at two.
The Lynx plated two more in the fifth and briefly took a 4-2 lead. This, however, was the last lead of the day for the team from Belleville, Ill. Aaron Collazo doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on a two RBI single from Austin Rieman to tie the game at 4-4.
Nate Green homered to lead-off the sixth, one of four home runs in the final three innings at the plate for the Spartans, as Missouri Baptist cruised to a big win to advance to the nightcap of action in Henderson. In addition to Green's home run, Miles Fore, Brandon Schlichtig and Kyle Keck all hit a round-tripper in the win. For Keck, it was his first of the season.
Adam Bieber got the loss for the Lynx after not recording an out in the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits in the game.
Dylan Skinner tossed the seventh inning for the Lynx, just his third inning of the season, and allowed three runs, all from the long ball.
Rieman, Keck, Schlichtig and Hagan all finished with a two-hit day for Missouri Baptist.
Missouri Baptist was able to save its relievers after Syrett's outing on Saturday. Nick Hynes finished everything for the Spartans and picked-up the last four outs of the game, three of which were via the strikeout.
Game 11 - Lyon (33-22) def. William Woods (27-29) 10-4 - Lyon Clinches NAIA Opening Round Automatic Berth
Courtesy Lyon College Sports Information
HENDERSON, Tenn. – The third-seeded Lyon College baseball team took advantage of some fifth-seeded William Woods' mistakes and defeated the Owls 10-4 to advance to the American Midwest Conference Tournament championship game Sunday at Carnes Field. Lyon had to battle midway through, but used a three-run fifth and five-run eighth inning to help secure a spot in the title game.
Keegan Floyd (SR/Bartlett, Tenn.) had a team high two hits, while knocking in two runs and Kylan Barnett (FR/West Palm Beach, Fla.) hit his second home run of the season to lead the Scots. Andrew Sauceda (JR/Las Cruces, N.M.) also scored three runs on the day.
Lyon is now 33-22 overall, while William Woods falls to 27-29 overall on the season. The Scots advance to the championship game and will play the winner of William Woods and No. 1 seed Missouri Baptist/No. 8 seed Freed-Hardeman.
ON THE MOUND Lyon: Cole Ragsdale (SR/Bay City, Texas) (WP – 3-2) – 7.0 IN, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K William Woods: Ryan Furtney (LP – 2-6) – 5.0 IN, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
GAME FLOW Lyon got on the board in the second inning when Barnett hit a home run to give the Scots a 1-0 lead. The Owls would take a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth, after they hit a home run of their own – and scored another in the fourth inning.
The Scots would then blow the game wide open as they used their same offensive momentum that earned them a win against Lindenwood-Belleville the night before. Lyon added three runs in the fifth when Houston scored on an Owls' error, followed by an RBI-single from Keegan Floyd to score Kyle West (SO/Lewisville, Texas). Andrew Sauceda then scored on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Jordan Braswell (JR/Kennedale, Texas).
The Scots would add another run in the seventh when Sauceda scored on another error by WWU, before Lyon posted a five run frame in the eighth to take a 10-2 lead.
HENDERSON, Tenn. - In the final game of day four of the AMC Championship, Missouri Baptist got a chance to exact revenge from the Host Freed-Hardeman Lions, who had handed the Spartans a loss in the opening game of the tournament. Thanks to some early offense and some help from six errors from the Lions defensively, the Spartans were able to do just that.
MBU jumped on top early, plating three runs in the top of the second, and they never looked back, leading the rest of the way on their way to a 10-5 win that ended the Lions' season.
Austin Rieman and Miles Fore each doubled in the second inning, Reiman as the leadoff hitter and Fore to drive in a run, and the Spartans scored three in the frame to take the early 3-0 lead. Aden Campbell launched a two-run home run for the Lions in the bottom of the third to trim the margin to a single run at 3-2, but the Lions were unable to get the game tied as Anthony Cosme got a pop out from Collin McPherson to end the frame.
Culver Plant reached on an error in the fourth with two on and two out, and as a result, Justin Ortiz crossed the plat to get the Spartans an immediate answer for the homer, and MBU exploded offensively in the fifth. MBU scored six times in the fifth frame, though on the benefit of only two hits, as they broke the game wide open. Brandon Schlichtig singled and picked up an RBI, and Kyle Keck did the same, as MBU made Freed-Hardeman pay for three errors in the frame.
That proved to be enough for the Spartans Pitching staff. Cosme (3-0) tossed five innings and allowed only two earned runs on four hits, though he did issue four walks and record only three strikeouts. He earned the victory, while the loss was charged to T.J. Webb (5-1) who yielded three runs on four hits and three strikeouts in two innings of work,
John Hagan was 3-for-4 for MBU with two stolen bases, two runs scored, and an RBI. Keck and Schlichtig each had a pair of singles in four at bats with an RBI, and Keck added a run scored as well. Rieman was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs; and Fore doubled for his only hit, he scored a run, and he drove in two.
Campbell and Wes Brooks each had a two-run homer for the Lions, and for Brooks, it was his fourth round-tripper of the day.
Because of a no Sunday play policy, Missouri Baptist will battle William Woods on Monday afternoon at Noon in the game which will determine the AMC's second Automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The winner of that game will play Lyon at 3 p.m., and if necessary, the final two teams will play a winner take all game on Tuesday at Noon. For complete coverage of the AMC Championship, visit the AMC Championship home page here.