Lyon baseball falls in AMC Tournament opener

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. ( – After trailing the entire game, the 20th-ranked Lyon College baseball team had a chance to come from behind when the Scots had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and trailing by one. With their best hitter at the dish, Colby Rogers couldn't come through with the game on the line, as he struck out, giving William Woods University an 8-7 victory and putting the Scots in a must-win situation throughout the rest of the American Midwest Conference Postseason Baseball Tournament.

Despite outhitting the Owls, 14-11, Lyon (40-21) committed three errors and left 14 baserunners stranded in the opening-round contest of the double-elimination tournament at Robin Roberts Stadium. William Woods (28-15) pieced together the win by using seven different pitchers in the game.

The Scots will now move to an elimination game on Saturday, taking on Park University (17-21) at 12-noon. The Pirates are coming off a tough first-round loss to host-team Benedictine University at Springfield (Ill.), 8-7, in 12 innings on Friday. In the other game Friday night, Missouri Baptist topped Benedictine University, 11-1.

Missouri Baptist (31-9) and William Woods are now the only unbeaten teams left in the tournament. The 16th-ranked Spartans will square off with the Owls at 3 p.m. and the winner of the Lyon-Park contest will tangle with Benedictine (19-23) in another elimination contest at 6 p.m.

William Woods took a 2-0 lead over Lyon in the first frame, using three hits, while stranding two of the team's nine runners left on base.

After the Owls added a run in the second and third, the Scots lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Will Lindsey and Wesley Roberson both plated.

WWU held on to its 4-2 advantage until the sixth inning, when three Owls crossed the plate on no hits, an error, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, stretching the lead to 7-2.

But the Scots kept battling back, scoring a run in the sixth, three more in the seventh and a run in the eighth to trim the deficit to 8-7.

Henry Castaigne started the bottom of the ninth with a double down the rightfield line for Lyon. After Lindsey flied out, Robertson singled to left-center to put runners on the corners with one out. Kris Kohlstedt struck out, but Roger Glaude drew a walk to load the bases. With Dane Smith coming out of the bullpen to try to close out the Scots, Rogers stepped to the dish with a team-leading .382 batting average. But he struck out swinging to end the contest.

Roberson produced a triple in a 3-for-5 outing for the Scots. He also pushed in two runs and scored one. Lindsey went 2-for-3, with a pair of walks and two runs scored. Glaude singled twice in three at-bats and walked once, and Kohlstedt had a 2-for-5 game, scoring once, driving in a run and picking up a walk.

Castaigne doubled and drove in a run for Lyon, while Jim Gossett (1-for-3), Blake Rogers (1-for-4), Bryan Lynn (1-for-3, run, 2 walks) and Colby Rogers (1-for-5, run) each added singles.

Zach Nichols paced William Woods with a spotless 3-for-4 contest. He doubled and pushed in a run. Derek Fletcher doubled and singled and Stephen Kohler doubled, singled and scored a run to boost the Owls' attack.

Talan Roepcke (7-4) started the game on the hill for Lyon and took the setback. In 5.2 innings, he surrendered five runs on eight hits, with three walks. Kyle Matthews pitched the final 3.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits, with a strikeout and a walk.

Jeremy Ahillen (5-2) started for WWU and gained the win. In 4.2 innings he gave up two runs on four hits, with three walks.