HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Lyon College baseball team put on a hitting clinic today as the Scots collected a total of 33 hits and scored a combined 29 runs in their first two games of their American Midwest Conference series at Hannibal-LaGrange on Friday afternoon. The Scots won the series opener, 15-2, and kept the bats hot in game two as they won, 14-1, in the nightcap.
The Scots improved to 19-21 overall and 14-12 in the AMC with the two wins, while HLGU fell to 17-24 overall and 7-19 in the AMC.
Game One: Lyon 15, HLGU 2
The Scots jumped out to a commanding eight-run lead with a run in the top of the first, two more in the second and five more in the top of the third before the Trojans got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third.
A one-out walk by Aaron Hurd opened up another big inning for the Scots in the top of the fifth as Haydn Finley followed with a single to left. Cameron Hockle delivered a pinch-hit single to plate the first run of the frame before Alec White drove in Finley with a sacrifice fly. Jesse McGonigal followed with a double to left before Dustin Caplett drove in two runs with a triple and gave the Scots an 11-1 lead.
HLGU scored another run in the bottom of the fifth before the Scots put the game away with three more runs in the top of the sixth and took game one, 15-2.
Jake Michener, Tristan Buschow and Finley all recorded two hits each to lead the Scots.
Lex Meinderts picked up the win on the mound as he allowed just one run on one hit while striking out four over three innings pitched. Thomas Fletcher and Brandon Glenn both tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Game Two: Lyon 14, HLGU 1
Joe Weatherford gave the Scots a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning before the Trojans tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second inning.
From there, it was all Lyon as the Scots plated two runs in both the third and fifth innings around a four-run fourth inning and extended their lead to 9-1.
The Scots added to their lead in the late innings as Alan West drove in a run with an RBI-single in the top of the eighth. Lyon scored four more runs in the top of the ninth as Hurd, McGonigal and Jordan Olivera all drove in a run each in the inning while an error by the Trojans led to the final run of the game.
West led the Scots offensively with three hits and three RBI in the game, while Finley, Lara and McGonigal all collected two hits each in the nightcap.
West picked up the win on the mound after going four strong innings in the start. He allowed just one run on two hits while striking out four. Aidan Pantoya, Hockle, Greg Gomez, Conor Kelly and Glenn all tossed a scoreless inning of relief to finish off the win.
After scoring a combined 29 runs on 33 hits in the first two games of its four-game series yesterday, the Lyon College baseball team kept things rolling offensively and scored a combined 40 runs over the final two contests and swept its series at Hannibal-LaGrange. The Scots picked up a pair of wins today by scores of 8-5 and 32-9.
The Scots ended the regular season at 21-21 overall and 16-12 in the American Midwest Conference. Lyon will enter next week’s American Midwest Conference Tournament as the No. 4-seed and will play the winner of No. 5-seed Central Baptist College and No. 8-seed Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday at 4 p.m. HLGU ended the regular season at 17-26 overall and 7-21 in the AMC.
Game Three: Lyon 8, HLGU 5
Both teams pushed across two runs in the opening frame of game three of the series before the Trojans took a 5-2 lead following three more runs in the bottom of the second.
The comeback began for the Scots in the middle innings as Chris Lara singled home Haydn Finley in the top of the third before Lyon pulled back within one on an RBI-single by Alan West in the top of the fourth.
A one-out single by Jake Michener followed by a walk by Cameron Hockle opened up a big inning for the Scots in the top of the fifth. Lara brought home Michener with an RBI-double before Alec White followed with a three-run home run later in the inning.
Nash Winters and Ethan Denney closed the door the rest of the way as the two combined to toss three scoreless innings of relief as Denney picked up the save.
Marcelo Terrazas earned the win on the mound after going four innings in the start.
West, Finley and Lara led the Scots offensively with two hits each.
Game Four: Lyon 32, HLGU 9
The Scots put game four away right from the get-go and scored 11 runs in the top of the first. Despite HLGU responding with two runs in both the bottom of the first and second innings, Lyon added 13 more runs in the top of the third and four more in the top of the fourth and cruised to a 32-9 victory in the series finale.
Austin Shipman went 5-for-6 with three RBI, while Joey Smith finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored. Hockle also had a big game at the plate as he drove in nine runs on three hits with three runs scored.
Cameron Gordon earned the win as he went three innings in the start. Jordan Olivera and Greg Gomez also added a scoreless inning of relief.