In an epic pitcher’s duel that saw two pitchers work more than 10 innings Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Missouri Southern 1-0 in the NCAA Division II Central Regional.  The Mavericks scored on a bunt single with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning.

For the Lions,  Brett Abell worked 11 strong innings, allowing just five hits and striking out 11 on the night. For the Mavericks Jason Hoppe worked 10.2 innings striking out seven and scattering seven hits.

Missouri Southern got to bed late and needs to turn around and face Central Missouri Friday at 12 p.m.