Baseball Takes Rubber Game With 11-3 Win at Evansville
The Missouri State baseball team scored five runs in the fourth inning and added six more over the seventh and eighth frames after Evansville had crept within two for an 11-3 Missouri Valley Conference win Sunday at Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind.
The Bears improved to 25-16 overall and 11-3 in the MVC, moving into a tie for first in the league with Creighton after the Bluejays and Bradley were rained out Sunday in Omaha. Evansville fell to 20-22 and 7-11 in conference play.
The Purple Aces struck first when Tom Heithoff led off the second with a double and scored on Andy Pascoe’s single, and the Bears tied it after Ben Carlson rocketed a leadoff double in the fourth and scored on Dallas Hord’s one-out single.
Then with two outs, Travis McComack lofted a fly ball to left center that carried over a chasing Jim Viscomi and scored Hord from first, and Tyler Ryun grounded the next pitch back up the middle for to plate McComack for a 3-1 lead. Curt Courtwright continued the two-out rally by bombing his first home run of the season to left center for a five-run MSU fourth.
The wind continued to wreak havoc on outfielders in UE’s half of the fourth when Greg Wallace tripled off the wall in center and scored on a Pascoe ground out. Cody Fick’s two-out double in the fifth made it 5-3.
UE starter Wade Kapteyn went 6.2 innings and walked Kevin Medrano with two outs in the seventh before handing the ball to J.R. Carbonell. Carlson fell behind Carbonell 0-2 before crushing his 13th homer of the season well over the right field wall to put the Bears ahead by four at 7-3.
The Aces stranded two in scoring position in the seventh, coming away scoreless while trying to answer Carlson’s homer, and Hord led off the eighth with a triple and scored on a Chris Playter single two pitches later. Playter stole second, McComack walked and a double steal put two Bears in scoring position. Ryun doubled both in with his third hit of the afternoon, then scored on Aaron Conway’s one-out double to extend the lead to 11-3.
Aaron Meade (7-2) struck out six and walked one over eight innings for his seventh win of the year. Jon Barnes worked around a leadoff walk for a scoreless ninth.
The Bears open a five-game homestand with Saint Louis on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.