Team Lawson Logs 8-2 Victory to Open Fall World Series
Oct. 7, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State baseball team kicked off its annual fall world series Thursday afternoon at Hammons Field, with the team coached by MSU volunteer assistant Matt Lawson grabbing an 8-2 win over student assistant Christian Overstreet's squad.
Bears seniors Kevin Medrano and Brent Seifert led the way for Team Lawson, combining for six hits in nine at-bats. Medrano, doubled twice and scored three runs, while Seifert went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBIs.
Lawson's squad also benefited from the solid mound work of junior Pierce Johnson and freshman Tyler Burgess, who teamed up to strike-out six hitters while permitting just one run on six hits over seven innings.
After plating a single tally in the first inning courtesy of a Darin Francis sacrifice fly, Lawson's club took control of the game with a four-run third inning that was highlighted by three straight doubles by Medrano, Eric Cheray and Seifert. Brock Chaffin added an RBI-single, and Francis and Brett Marshall drew back-to-back walks to push across the final run and stretch the margin to 5-0.
Lawson's squad added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach.
Overstreet's club pushed across a run in the fourth inning on Jacob Hall's run-scoring single.
But Burgess and senior right-hander Seth Swafford would combine to hold Overstreet's squad in check with 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief work, before Joey Hawkins two-out RBI-single in the ninth closed out the scoring.
Freshman Dylan Becker went 3-for-4 with a walk, steal and run scored, while Hall finished 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Team Overstreet.
Cheray totaled a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs for Lawson's club.
Game two of the series, which continues through Oct. 19, will get underway Friday (Oct. 7) at 3 p.m., at Hammons Field.