ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Lyon College rode the arms of their upper classmen pitchers on Friday as senior Brandon Haller and junior Talan Roepcke kept their records perfect on the mound as the Scots won for the 11th and 12th straight game in a doubleheader sweep of Harris-Stowe State University, 3-2 and 9-5, at Hornets Baseball Field.
The Scots improved their season mark to 25-5 on the season, winning for the 17th time in 19 games. They have recorded wins in 24 of their last 27 games. But more importantly, Lyon kept its 1.5-game lead over Missouri Baptist (13-5, 7-0 AMC) in the American Midwest Conference as the Scots remained perfect in league play at 10-0.
Lyon College 3, Harris-Stowe 2 (Game 1)
Roepcke (Batesville, Ark.) went the distance on the hill, improving his season mark to a league-leading 7-0, holding the Hornets to only two earned runs on five scattered hits, while fanning five and walking only one in a 3-2 Lyon win in Game 1.
Caleb Hosey (1-4) was the losing hurler for HSSU (1-18, 0-6 AMC), giving up one earned run (3 total) on five hits, with a pair of strikeouts and two walks in seven frames of work.
Lyon College centerfielder Kris Kohlstedt (Maumelle, Ark.) led the Scots attack with a 2-for-3 effort from his lead-off position in the lineup. He drove in a run, walked and scored once. Third baseman Colby Rogers (Lewisville, Tex.) also picked up a pair of singles, while first baseman Bryan Lynn (Lewisville, Tex.) was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Javier Martinez paced the Hornets at the dish with a 2-for-3 effort. He also drove in a pair of runs.
Lyon went ahead 1-0 in the second inning, but Harris-Stowe knotted the score at 1-1 in the third.
The Scots then scored two in the top of the fifth inning and that was enough to pick up the victory.
Lyon College 9, Harris-Stowe 5 (Game 2)
The Scots received another strong pitching performance in the day's second contest as Haller (Arlington, Tex.) improved his season record to 6-0 in a 9-5 Lyon College win.
Haller pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four earned runs (5 total) on nine hits, with five strikeouts and a walk. Kyle Matthews (Campbell, Mo.) came out of the Scots' bullpen to finish off Harris-Stowe. In 3.1 frames he surrendered just one hit, while striking out one as he picked up his first save of the year.
The Hornets outhit Lyon 10-9 in the game, but the Scots made theirs count. Senior second baseman Roger Glaude was 2-for-4, with a run scored, a walk and a run driven in, while Lynn picked up a pair of hits in four at-bats, pushing four runs across the plate while tagging a double.
Kohlstedt was 1-for-2 at the dish, drawing four walks and scoring twice, Colby Rogers went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run driven in and another scored, senior designated hitter Jim Gossett went 1-for-4 with a run scored and junior leftfielder Wesley Roberson and sophomore rightfielder Colt Harmon both added hits. Harmon tagged a triple and scored a run, while Roberson pushed in a run, stole one base and scored a run.
Three Harris-Stowe players totaled three hits apiece, led by Logan Peters' 2-for-5 outing, with a pair of runs scored and another driven in. Raymond Vazquez and Travis Brown also had a pair of singles.
Angel Miranda (0-3) was the losing pitcher for the Hornets. In 5.0 innings he allowed two earned runs (6 total) on six hits, with two strikeouts and four walks.
Lyon built a 4-1 lead after the third frame and stretched it to 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. The Hornets stayed within range with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth, but the Scots put the game away with a three-run eighth frame.