Central Missouri sweeps Lindenwood
Fourth-ranked Mules rebound from series-opening loss
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Fourth-ranked Central Missouri responded from its series-opening loss to Lindenwood on Thursday night by sweeping a doubleheader 5-1 and 12-3 on Friday afternoon at Crane Stadium/Tompkins Field.
The Mules (31-6) jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning of the opener. John Oropeza had an RBI single and Albert Selanders added a sacrifice squeeze to put UCM up 2-0. The Mules plated three more in the fourth to open up a 5-0 lead. Bret Schwartz had an RBI single, Jordan Coons had a sacrifice bunt and Selanders had an RBI single. The Lions (19-18) plated one run in the ninth, but UCM cruised to the win.
Lee Stoppelman (5-0) tossed 7.2 solid innings scattering seven hits while striking out eight to earn the win. Travis Unthank came on to record the final four outs of the game for the Mules.
Austin Klein (2-5) suffered the loss for LWU after giving up five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings pitched.
Central Missouri got on the board first in game two as well plating a pair of runs in the third. Schwartz had a two-run single in the inning to put the Mules on top.
Lindenwood went in front with three runs in the fifth. Zach Kurzejeski had an RBI single and Colton Moore drove in a pair with a double down the left field line.
The Mules regained the lead in sixth scoring four runs with two outs. Kyle Grieshaber drove in one run with a single and the go-ahead run scored on the same play on a throwing error by the left fielder. Ben Cox had an RBI single and later scored on a failed pickoff attempt as well.
The Mules plated four more in the seventh to break the game open 10-3. Coons led off the inning with a home run to score the first run. Cox drew a bases loaded walk to force in the second run and two more runs scored on another failed pickoff attempt.
UCM finished off the scoring with two runs in the eighth. Brad Wilson and Grieshaber both had RBI singles in the frame.
Wilson finished the game 4-for-5 with an RBI and pair of runs scored. Selanders and Cox each had three hits in the game, while Selanders finished the day 5-for-8 with two RBI and three runs scored. The Mules had 17 hits in the nightcap and pounded out 26 hits for the doubleheader.
Aaron Baker (1-0) earned the win in game two scattering three hits in 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out five without surrendering a walk. Chris Fitzpatrick gave up three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings as the starter.
Dylan Terrell (3-7) took the loss for the Lions giving up six runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.
The sweep gives UCM 31 wins on the season and 30 wins in a season for the 19th consecutive year.