Mount St. Joseph traveled to Hanover needing a win in the series as they sat one game out of fourth place in the HCAC. They would get exactly what they needed on the weekend, taking two out of three games from the Panthers on the road.
Alex Wagner (West Chester, OH / Lakota West) got the nod for the Lions in game one. He would not have his best outting and would get hit around a little more than usual. Wagner would go 5 innings and give up 5 runs on 10 Hanover hits. He would be hit with the loss.
The Mount St. Joseph offense was nothing to write home about either in game one. They were only able to push three runs across the plate although they were able to knock ten hits off of the Panther pitching. A few big innings for Hanover in the middle of the game would be the difference in game one as Hanover would walk away with an 8-3 victory.
Austin Richey (Cincinnati, OH / CCD) would get the call for Mount St. Joseph in a must-win game for MSJ. For the second straight game, the Lions did not get the results they wanted from their starting pitcher. Richey would go 5 innings for MSJ and give up 7 earned runs.
The Lions looked like they were in danger of dropping the series to the Panthers, as they would enter the ninth inning down by five runs. However, MSJ would come back with an enormous eigth-run ninth inning, taking a 12-9 lead.
The Lions got help in the inning on two Panther errors but also saw five different players collect hits in big spots to score runs. The inning was capped off by a Nick Browning (Fairfield, OH / Hamilton Badin) two-RBI single to push the Lion lead to three runs. They would not look back and would take game two by a score of 12-9.
Paul Spaulding (Cincinnati, OH / LaSalle) would go in game three for MSJ. He would only last through 4.1 innings, surrendering 4 runs to Hanover. Zak Farmer (Hamilton, OH / Lakota West) would come in for relief duties and would pitch a gem. He went 3.2 innings, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 7 batters.
The Lions would rely on late magic once again in game three. They would enter the ninth inning down 4-3 but would be able to take the lead after pushing two runs across the plate. After the first two hitters reached in the ninth for the Lions Drew Werner (Sunman, IN / East Central) laid down a bunt to score the game-tying run. He was followed by Roman Rothwell (Monroe, OH / Monroe) who hit a double to left field to score the other baserunner and give the Lions the lead. They would hold on to take the game 5-4 and the series 2-1.
LIONS AT THE PEAK
Roman Rothwell had quite the weekend for MSJ. He collected one hit in each of the first two games of the series and then finished 5-5 in the series finale on Saturday afternoon. Rothwell was also responsible for the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning of game three, giving the Lions the series win.
Mount St. Joseph will travel to Transylvania on Tuesday afternoon looking for a win. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:15 PM in Lexington, Kentucky.