NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Mount St. Joseph University baseball team played two against the Spartans of Manchester this weekend, falling 5-4 in game one and 10-3 in game two. The Lions move to 4-7 in HCAC play and 13-16 overall.
Junior Alex Wagner (West Chester, OH / Lakota West) was given the nod in game one, making his ninth appearance on the season. Wagner's line included six innings, three strikeouts, eight hits and four earned runs in the loss. Handing relief efforts for the Lions was senior Wyatt Myers (Waynesville, OH / Waynesville). Myers held the Spartans to zero runs in two innings and improved his ERA to 2.25 for the year.
The Manchester Spartans scored first with three runs off two hits and a Lions error in the bottom half of the second inning.
The Lions answered with an RBI single to center field from Garrett Hogan (Hamilton, OH / Badin). After two scoreless innings the Mount would score three more runs in the top of the fifth. The first run came in the form of a sacrifice bunt from Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier) and tying the game at three a piece was Luke Bowman (Harrison, OH / Harrison) who singled home an RBI. Jose Bustamante (Austell, GA / South Cobb) gave the Lions the lead at 4-3 when he singled up the middle to bring home a run.
Manchester would go onto score a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and another in the sixth to seal the win at 5-4.
The Lions were first on the board in game two but would not hold the lead as Manchester knocked in ten runs off nine hits. The Mount recorded three more hits than the Spartans but with only three runs to show.
With runners on the corners in the top of the fourth, Darren Sackett (Loveland, OH / Loveland) stepped to the plate and drove the first run in with an RBI single to right field. The Mount would plate another run after a wild pitch from Manchester's Taylor Kopplin.
The Spartans responded with ten runs in the next three innings off multiple singles, a three run homerun, and a fielding error by the Lions. Sackett would plate the Lions last run in the seventh off a single to center field.
Jason Fischer (Cincinnati, OH / Colerain) made his seventh start of the year and pitched 5 1/3 innings, striking out four, and four earned runs in the loss.
The Lions hit the field again on Monday 23rd as they travel to Wabash University to take on the Little Giants. This will be a non-conference matchup, first pitch is scheduled for 4 PM. Check out MSJsports.com for live updates on the game.