24th-ranked Lyon gains split with Spartans

BATESVILLE, Ark. – A shaky first inning in Game 1 of its doubleheader with 15th-ranked Missouri Baptist University was the only time the Lyon College baseball team struggled Friday afternoon, but it could be the reason the 24th-ranked Scots only split with the Spartans in a Top 25 showdown at Scots Field. MBU scored three runs in that first inning and won 3-1, before Lyon came back in Game 2 to gain the split, 5-3.

The Spartans (23-6, 17-1 AMC) had their 18-game winning streak snapped with the Game 2 defeat, but still hold their one-game lead over Lyon College (31-8, 16-2 AMC) heading into Saturday's twinbill between the teams to close the series. The first pitch is set for 12-noon.

Lyon outhit MBU 14-12 on the day and only committed one error. The Spartans finished with a pair of errors, which cost them in the Game 2 defeat.

Senior third baseman Colby Rogers led the Lyon offensive attack, finishing the day 4-for-7. He entered the series ranked No. 2 in the nation with 19 doubles, and added one in the second contest, as he also drew a walk and scored a run. Senior Bryan Lynn recorded three hits and senior Henry Castaigne tagged a towering home run over the centerfield fence.

The Scots' Talan Roepcke absorbed his first loss of the season in Game 1despite finishing strong after a shaky start. He is now 7-1 on the year. Brandon Haller improved his season mark to 7-0 with a Game 2 victory.

Missouri Baptist 3, Lyon College 1 (Game 1)

The Spartans managed three runs on three hits in the first inning and that was enough for Missouri Baptist to escape Game 1 with a 3-1 win.

Roepcke, who began the day ranked No. 9 in the nation in wins by a pitcher, dropped to 7-1 on the season with the setback. He went the distance, allowing three earned runs on seven scattered hits, while fanning four and walking four in seven innings.

Ethan Gibbons (5-0) was the winning hurler for the Spartans, allowing an earned run on four hits, with four strikeouts in six innings. Matt Marshall picked up his fifth save of the season by not allowing a hit in the seventh.

Colby Rogers went 2-for-3 to pace the Scots, while Castaigne hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to help the attack. Lynn went 1-for-3 to account for the other hit.

Rightfielder Ryan Gunhouse went 2-for-4 to pace the Spartans, while connecting with a pair of doubles. Shortstop Patrick Johnson also had a pair of hits, while scoring once.

MBU took the early 3-0 lead and Castaigne's shot pulled Lyon within 3-1 heading to the sixth frame. But the Scots could only manage two baserunners after that point.

Lyon College 5, Missouri Baptist 3 (Game 2)

Haller and Blake Rogers combined to allow just five Spartan hits in Game 2 as the Scots broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth and then added two insurance runs in the sixth to grab the 5-3 win in the nine-inning game.

Haller (7-0) gave up two earned runs (3 total) on five hits, with three strikeouts and four walks in 8.2 innings on the hill. He is now tied with Roepcke for the pitching staff's lead in wins. Rogers recorded his second save as he picked up the final out.

Colby Rogers doubled and went 2-for-4, with a walk and a run scored to lead the Lyon offense. Lynn went 2-for-3, with a walk and a run batted and senior Roger Glaude went 2-for-4, while plating once.

Freshman centerfielder Kris Kolhstedt had a 1-for-3 outing from his lead-off position in the lineup. He also walked and drove in a run. Castaigne posted a 1-for-4 effort, with a run scored and a stolen base. Sophomore catcher Nathan Gutierrez went 1-for 2 and walked. Jim Gossett drove in the game-winning run as a pinch hitter.

Julien Soucy (4-1) received his first loss in the mound this season for MBU. He pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs (3 total) on eight hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.

Catcher Joe Stropp paced the Spartans' offense, picking up a triple and a single, drawing a walk and scoring a run.