MOUNTAIN, Miss. (LyonScots.com) – On a day when the Lyon College baseball team received
more incentive to keep grinding out wins, the Scots traveled to Blue
Mountain on Tuesday and cranked out 24 hits in two games as they
swept a non-conference doubleheader from the Toppers, 12-3 and 10-2.
While the twinbill was
going on, the weekly NAIA Baseball Coaches' Poll was released and the
Scots, despite rolling to a perfect 3-0 performance last week, were no
longer receiving votes for the Top 25. That,
and the fact that the Scots (29-16, 17-6 AMC) now trail first-place and
No.9-ranked Missouri Baptist (39-9, 19-4 AMC) by two games with only
three games left in the regular season, means that a run to the
championship of the upcoming AMC Postseason Baseball
Tournament could be critical if the Scots want to make the postseason.
Blue Mountain dipped to 11-34 with the losses.
Campbell paced the strong offensive performance for the Scots against
BMC, finishing a combined 5-for-7 (.714), with a home run, four runs
scored, a pair of RBIs and a walk. Second baseman Mark
Armenteros produced a 4-for-7 afternoon, with a triple, six runs batted
in, two runs scored and a walk.
The Scots, who only
lead third-place (RV) William Woods by one-half game in the league
standings, will travel to Parkville, Mo. this weekend for a three-game
set with the Pirates (17-20, 12-12 AMC). The teams
will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. and a single game on
Saturday at 12-noon, as the Scots try to remain at least in second place
in the conference. WWU hosts Benedictine (21-13, 15-9 AMC) this
Lyon, which is
currently riding a league-best 13-game winning streak, will open play in
the AMC Postseason Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 1, in
LYON 12, BLUE MOUNTAIN 3 (Game 1)
Despite being outhit
12-11, the Scots pushed the runs across the plate when it counted, using
a nine-run sixth inning to blow out to the 12-3 win.
Armenteros was 3-for-4
in the game, connecting with his first triple of the season, while
adding four runs batted in and a run scored. Campbell was 2-for-3, with
an RBI, a run and a walk; rightfielder Colt Harmon
posted a 2-for-3 outing, scoring three times, drawing a walk and pushing
a run in; and catcher Isaac Struense posted a 2-for-3 outing, with his
third double, two runs batted in and a run scored.
Scots recording one hit
were centerfielder Kris Kohlstedt, who drove in a run and scored
another, and third baseman Ryan Vericker, who scored and picked up two
RBIs. Kevin Manzano scored a pair of runs and Griffin
Glaude and Joseph Sitzman added one apiece.
Josh Crowder led the Toppers with a 4-for-4 outing, driving in a run and scoring another.
Justin Braswell went
the distance on the hill for the Scots, improving his season record to
7-1. In seven frames he gave up three runs on 12 hits, with four
strikeouts and a walk. Alex Arntfield (1-2) received
the loss. In 3.2 frames, he surrendered three runs on three hits with a
strikeout and three walks.
LYON 10, BLUE MOUNTAIN 2 (Game 2)
Glaude (3-2) shut down
the Toppers, throwing four innings of no-hit baseball before giving way
to Trenton Coles, John Almogabar and Sitzman. Glaude struck out three,
and the trio of relievers pitched one inning
apiece, allowing a combined two runs on four hits, with four strikeouts
and a walk.
Tyler Cook (1-1) absorbed the loss for BMC. He lasted 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, with one strikeout.
Campbell hit his first
home run as a Scot, scoring three times and driving in another, as he
finished 3-for-4. Glaude went 2-for-3, with a run driven in, two scored
and a walk, and Wes Roberson hit his 11th
double of the year and scored.
Kohlstedt singled and
scored, Harmon singled, scored a run and pushed in another, Armenteros
recorded two RBIs and a run; Jordan Braswell singled, drove in a pair of
runs and scored; Struense singled and picked
up an RBI; and Vericker singled and pushed in a run.
Brandon Montgomery led the Toppers with a 1-for-2 effort, with a double, a walk and a run scored.