BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – They weren't a work of art – nor were they easy to come by – but on the day when the Lyon College baseball team leaped seven spots in the NAIA Baseball Top 25 Coaches' poll, the Scots had to come from behind twice to knock off College of the Ozarks by identical 7-6 scores in nonconference action at Scots Field.
The 17th-ranked Scots (35-8, 18-2 AMC) didn't dominate play by any means, but still managed to stretch their winning streak to five games, despite being outhit in the two contests by a 19-15 count.
Nevertheless, Lyon will still have momentum when it takes its one-game lead over 23rd-ranked Missouri Baptist University (23-8, 17-3 AMC) when the Scots resume American Midwest Conference action Saturday and Sunday in Springfield, Ill. against third-place Benedictine University (14-12, 10-6 AMC). Saturday's doubleheader will get underway at 1 p.m., with Sunday's action starting at 11 a.m.
Lyon College 7, College of the Ozarks 6 (Game 1)
The Scots and Bobcats were tied three times during Game 1 of the twinbill, before the Scots pushed the winning run across the dish in the bottom of the eighth inning when Colby Rogers slapped a long single to the leftfield fence to score Roger Glaude with two out in the extra frame for a 7-6 Scots victory.
Lyon won the contest despite being outhit by College of the Ozarks, 11-6, as the Scots took advantage of three Bobcat errors, with a critical mistake coming in the deciding inning.
Colby Rogers led the Scots with a perfect 2-for-2 game at the plate. He walked three times, pushed two teammate across the dish and scored once. Bryan Lynn hit a two-run bomb in the fourth inning to get the Scots' offense started. He finished the game 1-for-4, with three runs batted in and a run scored.
Glaude doubled in three at-bats and scored a pair of runs and Blake Rogers singled. Kris Kohlstedt, Henry Castaigne and Wesley Roberson also scored for Lyon.
Eddy Devora did a lot of the damage for the Ozarks. He drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 outing, connecting with a home run and a double, while scoring twice.
The Scots used a pair of pitchers to pick up the win. Colten McSpadden started the contest on the hill and lasted seven innings. He gave up five earned runs (6 total) on nine hits, with seven strikeouts and four walks in 92 pitches. Kyle Matthews improved his mark to 3-0 out of the bullpen. In the final inning he allowed just two hits.
Garth Minnick (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Bobcats. The sixth pitcher used by College of the Ozarks, he surrendered an unearned run on one hit, with a strikeout and a walk in 1.2 frames.
Lyon College 7, College of the Ozarks 6 (Game 2)
After overcoming a three-run deficit in the second inning to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth frame, the Scots had to come from behind in the bottom of the seventh by scoring three runs on two hits for a 7-6 win.
The Scots used three walks to help them push the needed runs across in the final inning. Finally, with the bases loaded, Bobcat pitcher Timmy Townsend was called for a balk, ending the game.
Four different hurlers saw action on the mound for Lyon, with Blake Rogers picking up the win by pitching the final frame. He walked one and did not allow a hit, as he improved to 1-0 on the season.
John Almogabar struggled in the start for the Scots. In two frames he allowed three runs on six hits. Ryan Vericker pitched the next three innings, giving up just one walk, but throwing a pair wild pitches and hitting one batter. Cole Ragsdale pitched one inning, giving up three runs on two hits, before Rogers came in the end the contest.
Timmy Townsend (2-2) took the loss for the Bobcats in relief. The third pitcher used during the game for the Ozarks allowed three runs on three hits in 1.2 frames. He also struck out one batter and walked three.
Lynn was the only batter for Lyon that managed multiple hits in the game. He posted a 2-for-3 effort, with a double and two runs scored. Shortstop Mark Armenteros doubled in three at-bats, scoring once and drawing a walk. Jim Gossett was a perfect 1-for-2, cashing in a huge two-run single in the fifth to momentarily give the Scots a 4-3 lead.
Glaude singled in two at-bats, scoring once and pushing another run across the dish, Kohlstedt singled, walked and drove in a run, Roberson singled and Colby Rogers went 1-for-3 with a run and a single.