Mount St. Joseph would go into Saturday with a 2-3 record thus far on their annual spring break trip to Florida. They would square off in a doubleheader with Framingham State and have a chance to bring home two wins and a winning record for the trip.
Mount St. Joseph would send ace Alex Wagner (West Chester, OH / Lakota West) to the hill for his second start of the trip. Wagner would turn in a phenomenal start for Mount St. Joseph, going six innings strong, allowing one unearned run, and striking out eight.
Framingham would score their only run of the game in the sixth inning, which started out with a Lion error. Unfortunately, Mount St. Joseph could not get anything rolling on offense. The Lions finished the game with five hits but were unable to ever push a base-runner across home plate, dropping game one, 1-0.
The Lions would rebound on offense in game two. Mount St. Joseph would send senior pitcher Paul Spaulding to the mound looking for the split against Framingham State. Spaulding would struggle with his control a bit in this game, working for only three innings, walking four, but only giving up one run. Chris Honebrink (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon), Mike Hilliard (Loveland, OH / Clinton Massie), and Zak Farmer (Hamilton, OH / Lakota West) would combine to go the remaining four innings, allowing just two runs (one earned).
The Lion offense would show up in this game. Mount St. Joseph would explode for 17 hits and 12 runs in game two of the doubleheader. The scoring started in the first inning with two runs on RBI singles by Roman Rothwell (Monroe, OH / Monroe) and Nathan Hunter (Vevay, IN / Switzerland County).
Mount St. Joseph was able to start a two-out rally in the third inning, scoring two runs after the first two batters of the inning were retired. They would come back again with more offensive fireworks in the fifth inning, scoring three runs. Nick Browning (Fairfield, OH / Hamilton Badin) launched a two-run homer to left field for the first two runs of the inning. Then Kyree Hawkins (Smyrna, GA / South Cobb) followed that up with a single and a stolen base before being hit in on a single by Drew Werner (Sunman, IN / East Central).
The Lions would plate five more runs in a huge sixth inning. Austin Richey (Cincinnati, OH / CCD) would start the scoring off with a three-run home run, the first of his career. Later in the inning Kyree Hawkins and Drew Werner would both have RBI hits, bringing in the last two Mount St. Joseph runs and pushing the score to 12-3.
LIONS AT THE PEAK:
Nathan Hunter, Drew Werner, and Austin Richey sparked the Lion offense all day. Over the course of two games Hunter was a combined 4-7 with two runs scored and an RBI. Werner had three hits on the day and also had an RBI. Sophomore Austin Richey hit his first collegiate home run and ended his day with two hits and four RBIs. He also scored two runs.
The Lions will be back in action on Tuesday against Otterbein. First pitch will come at 5:00 PM at UC Health Stadium.