BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph University baseball team took on the Beavers of Bluffton University on the road in a double header on Saturday. The Lions were unable to come home with a win as the Beavers swept them. Game one saw The Lions get defeated by the Beavers 21-9, while in game two The Lions were able to take some control but were unable to pull out a victory as they fell to a final score of 9-8.
GAME ONE | Mount St. Joseph University 9 - Bluffton University 21
The Lions were able to bring in multiple runs in game one of the day, but it was not enough to compete against the offensive power of the Beavers. Starting on the mound in game one for The Lions was senior Alex Wagner (West Chester,Ohio/Lakota West). Wagner pitched 4.0 innings against the Beavers, striking out five of the 25 batters he faced and surrendering eight runs off of nine hits while on the hill.
The Beavers came out early and had an explosive 2nd inning, bringing in eight runs across the plate and taking an early lead over The Lions. The 3rd inning would see The Lions start to get some runs, as they would bring in two. Colin Crowe (Mason,Ohio/Mason) would get the first run for The Mount as he would make it home off of a Garrett Hogan (Hamilton,Ohio/Badin) ground out. Ryne Poli (Cincinnati,Ohio/Elder) would then make it home from a Roman Rothwell (Monroe,Ohio/Monroe) single. At the end of 3rd inning The Lions trailed the Beavers 8-2.
The Mount would bring in four more runs in the 4th inning. Getting things started for The Lions was Jose Bustamante (Austell,Ga/South Cobb), who hit a double, brining in Brandon Shelton (Cincinnati,Ohio/Northwest). Colin Crowe would step up to bat two batters later and hit a bomb, recording his first career home run and bringing in Jose Bustamante! Ryne Poli would then score for the second time this game from a Garrett Hogan single. The Lions would hold the Beavers scoreless through the 2nd and 3rd inning as The Mount closed the gap, making the score 6-8 in favor of the Beavers.
The Lions would then go scoreless between the 5th and 7th innings, as the Beavers would have another huge inning in the 5th. Oakley Billingsley (Westport,Ind/South Decatur) would take over the mound and face the Beavers. The Beavers would bring in six runs against Billingsley before Brady Jones (Augusta,Ky/Bracken County) entered the game and relieved Billingsley of his duties. Jones would go on to pitch for 3.1 innings, facing 15 batters and giving up six runs on five hits.
Jose Bustamante would score The Lions only run of the 7th inning from a Ryne Poli single. At the end of the 7th inning The Lions were trailing the Beavers 7-14. The Beavers were not done scoring yet as they would have another multi-run inning in the bottom of the 8th to bring in their final runs. Six Beavers would score before The Lions would bring in Lukas Palmieri (Fairfield,Ohio/Fairfield) to the mound. Palmieri would allow one more Beaver across home plate before The Lions would get the final out to end the inning.
Two more Lions would score in the top of the 9th inning, but it would not be enough to compete against the Beavers score. Roman Rothwell would hit a double and bring in Ryne Poli before scoring himself from a Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati,Ohio/Western Hills) single. The Lions would drop game one 21-9 to the Beavers.
GAME TWO | Mount St. Joseph University 8 - Bluffton University 9
Game two would be a closer game between The Lions and the Beavers. Chris Honebrink (Cincinnati,Ohio/Roger Bacon) would get the start in game two versus the Beavers. Honebrink would go on to pitch for 5.0 innings, striking out five of the 26 batter he faced while allowing eight runs off of six hits.
The Lions would get things started in game two in the first inning. Roman Rothwell would bring in both Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati,Ohio/St. Xavier) and Ryne Poli from a single. Rothwell would then score from a Brandon Shelton ground out. Jose Bustamante would then come up and hit a double, brining in Tyrell Anderson. The Beavers would bring in one across the plate, as The Lions would lead Bluffton 4-1 at the end of the 1st.
Both teams would bring in two runs in the 2nd inning. For The Lions, Colin Crowe would score from a Simon Schaefer sacrifice fly. Garrett Hogan would then hit a double and bring in Ryne Poli. The Lions and the Beavers would then go scoreless through the 3rd and 4th inning as The Lions held a 6-3 lead over the Beavers.
Each team would get a single run in the 5th inning. Roman Rothwell made it home for The Lions from a Brandon Shelton ground out. At the end of the 5th The Lions would lead the Beavers for the last time with a score of 7-4. The Beavers would take over the lead in the bottom of the 6th, scoring four runs, and making the score 8-7 in favor of the Beavers. Nathan Renner (Pleasant Prairie,Wis/Tremper) would take over the mound in the 5th inning and go on to pitch 1.2 innings. Renner would only allow the Beavers one hit and struck out one of the seven batters he faced.
The Lions and the Beavers would both go scoreless through the 7th inning, with the Beavers leading The Lions 8-7. Renner's time on the mound would end in bottom of the 7th as Wyatt Myers (Waynesville,Ohio/Waynesville) would take over. Myers would finish the game on the mound, pitching for 1.1 innings, facing five batters and striking out two as he allowed the Beavers to score one run off of two hits.
The Beavers would get on more run in the bottom of the 8th inning, making their final run total 9 as The Lions hoped to add more. Roman Rothwell stepped up to bat in the beginning of the 9th inning and blasted the ball out of the park to draw The Lions within one. The Lions were unable to get any more runs and fell to the Beavers by a close score of 9-8.
The Lions next games will take place on Tuesday, April 16th as they take on the Quakers of Earlham College in a conference matchup double header. Both games are set to take place at McKie Field at Hayden Park in Oxford, Ohio with game one beginning at 4PM and game two scheduled to begin at 7PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of The Lions 2019 season.