BLUE 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.
Leftfielder Joe 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 weekend.
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 Springfield, Ill.
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.