May 24, 2015

Morales provides all the offense as Royals shut out Cardinals in series opener



Kendrys Morales provided the offense and Kansas City’s pitching staff once against shut down the opposition as the Royals opened a three-game interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 5-0 victory.

The success of the Show-Me State rivals provided more energy to an already- anticipated weekend set, with both sides leading their respective league in winning percentage coming in.

The Royals earned bragging rights in the opener as they continued the best start in franchise history thanks to another shutout and Morales homering twice and driving in all five runs. Chris Young (4-0) scattered six hits and two walks over six scoreless innings, and three relievers closed out the club’s third shutout during its four-game winning streak.

The Cardinals, who were also blanked by the Mets on Thursday, had plenty of chances at the plate but went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 baserunners.

Lance Lynn (3-4) was visited on the mound by a trainer in the first inning but stayed in the game and threw six frames. He was charged with all five runs on 10 hits.

Morales took advantage of Lynn’s early struggles and hammered a pitch over the right-field wall with two on in the first. He reached the bleachers again in the third with one aboard. Both gopher balls were middle-in fastballs.

Young stranded runners in each of the first five innings, Carlos Villanueva pitched a scoreless seventh, and Ryan Madson survived a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Jason Heyward sent a sharp grounder up the middle with the bags full, and Omar Infante made a sliding grab to end the inning. Earlier in the eighth, Alcides Escobar backhanded a ball in the hole and threw a no-look toss from his stomach for another force out. [Read more…]

Missouri State advances to MVC tourney title game win victory over Shockers

Baseball VS DallasMissouri State took control of a see-saw battle against Wichita State with four unanswered runs to secure a spot in the title game of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship with a 6-4 victory over the Shockers Friday evening at Eck Stadium. Eric Cheray singled home a pair of runs–including the go-ahead tally in the fifth inning–and reached base safely in each of his five plate appearances to lead the Bears to their 15th consecutive victory and their fifth win over the Shockers in 2015.

With the victory, MSU (44-10) advanced to its seventh MVC tourney final and improved to 21-3 on the year versus Valley opponents. Additionally, its current win streak is the second-longest in the 52-year history of the program, trailing only an 18-game string of wins from April 16-May 16, 1989.

In a contest that featured four lead changes in the first five innings, the Bears delivered the decisive blow, scoring a total of four runs over a three-inning span to gain the upper hand for good. After the Shockers grabbed a 3-2 lead in the home half of the fourth, MSU answered immediately with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth. Tate Matheny’s one-out hit with a runner on first started a string of three consecutive Bears singles that turned the momentum one final time. Spencer Johnson’s RBI single brought home Dylan Becker with the tying run, before Cheray laced a 1-1 offering into right field to plate Matheny with the go-ahead run. [Read more…]

Redhawks stave off elimination twice, stay alive at the OVC Tournament

SEMO baseball 2The top-seeded Southeast Missouri baseball team eliminated both No. 5 Jacksonville State and No. 4 Tennessee Tech Friday to stay alive in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Southeast downed Jacksonville State, 12-4, in game six of the tournament then turned around and defeated Tennessee Tech, 14-1, in game seven.

Southeast outscored its opponents 26-5 on the day. Branden Boggetto went 8-for-11 with nine runs batted in and five runs scored and had home runs in both games.

On the mound for the Redhawks, Alex Winkelman pitched a solid six innings in game one and Travis Hayes pitched a complete game in game two against TTU.

No. 1 Southeast Missouri will play No. 6 Belmont in game nine at noon Saturday. [Read more…]

Billikens season ends with elimination from Atlantic 10 Tourney

SLU Baseball 2Saint Louis baseball finished the 2015 campaign with a 10-2 loss to the Davidson Wildcats in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Josh Moore (4-4) was hit with the loss.

The Billikens finish the season 35-21. It is the third-highest win total for the Bills under head coach Darin Hendrickson (finish with 41 wins in 2012 and 2013).

Davidson scored five runs in the second inning to take an early lead. Saint Louis plated a run in the bottom of the second off a Wildcat error.

Davidson plated one run in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Billikens were able to score in the fourth on an RBI double from Danny Mannion. The Bills almost plated a second run on the play, but a great relay from the Wildcats caught Colton Frabasilio at the plate. [Read more…]

Late rally falls short for Central Missouri softball at NCAA’s

Central Missouri softballThe Jennies offense was stifled for six innings before they tried to stage a late rally that ultimately came up short in a 4-1 loss to Adelphi in the Division II Softball Championship opener for both teams. The Jennies now drop in to the loser’s bracket of the tournament and will face California (Pa.) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

Adelphi (31-20) jumped on top early and never trailed in the game. Krista King led off the game with an infield single and went to second on Brenna Martini’s two-out walk. Jaclyn Binstock then laced a double over the head of Katie Giacone in left field on the seventh pitch of her at-bat. Both runners scored and the Panthers led 2-0 after a half inning. [Read more…]