MARYVILLE, TENN - The Mount St. Joseph University Lions baseball team travelled down to Maryville, Tennessee to take on the Scots in a three day, three game series. Game one saw The Lions leading 1-0 through 7.5 innings before the Scots were able to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to give The Lions their first loss of the weekend by a score of 3-1. Game two resulted in The Lions only win of the weekend as they defeated the Scots 12-9.
The Lions started the weekend off in in a low scoring loss to the Scots. On the mound for The Lions in game one was Chris Honebrink (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon) who faced 21 batters while pitching in 5 innings. Honebrink only allowed 4 hits', holding the Scots to 0 runs, while striking out 5 batters. Wyatt Myers (Waynesville, OH / Waynesville) entered the game in the 6th inning. Myers would face just 5 batters, allowing 0 hits and 0 runs, and striking out 1 batter during his 1.1 innings on the mound. Jason Fischer (Cincinnati, OH / Colerain) ended the game on the mound for The Lions. Fischer pitched in 1.2 innings for The Lions, allowing 4 hits and 3 Scots to score. Fischer was able to strike out 3 Scots before the end of the game.
The Lions only run of the game came early in the top of the first inning. Senior Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier) was able to make it home off of a hit by Michael Sundahl (Fort Wayne, IN / Bishop Dwenger) that resulted in a fielding error by the Scots third baseman. The Lions and Scots went scoreless through the rest of the rest of the innings until the Scots stepped up to bat in the bottom of the 8th inning when three Scots were able to make it across home plate and make the score 3-1 in favor of the Scots. The Lions were unable to score any runs in the 9th inning, giving the Scots the first victory of the weekend.
Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati, OH / LaSalle) got the start on the mound in game two for The Lions. Hughes pitched 5 innings for The Lions, allowing the Scots 5 hits and 4 runs while striking out 4 of the 24 batters he faced.
The Lions were able to get on the board early, as they were first up to bat and able to bring in 3 runs in the first inning. Ryne Poli (Cincinnati, OH / Elder) was the first to make it across the plate as he scored off of a Jose Bustamante (Austell, GA / South Cobb) single to right field. Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati, OH / Western Hills) was next up to bat for The Lions. Anderson was able to bring in two Lions off of a single, giving room for Roman Rothwell (Monroe, OH / Monroe) and Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati, OH / St. Xavier) to score and build The Lions lead to 3-0.
The scoring kept on coming in the 2nd inning for The Lions. Junior Roman Rothwell recorded his first homerun of the season as he brought in Simon Schaefer and Ryne Poli, improving The Lions lead to 6-0. One more run was earned before the 2nd inning was over as Brandon Shelton (Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) hit a double down the left field line as Tyrell Anderson was able to score. The Lions ended the top of the 2nd inning up 7-0. The Scots found themselves getting on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Two Scots were able to make it across home plate, making the score 7-2 in favor of The Lions entering the 3rd inning. The 3rd and 4th inning went scoreless for both teams as neither team was able to get into scoring position.
Hunter Collins (Middletown, OH / Monroe) stepped up to bat in the 5th inning, hitting a single out to right field as Brandon Shelton scored, continuing to improve The Lions score. The Lions weren't done scoring yet as Collins found himself making it across home plate off of an Ian Mustard (Kings Mills, OH / Kings) single. The Scots were able to get one run in the bottom of the 5th inning before the inning was over. The Lions were now up 9-3 over the Scots.
Three more Lions scored in the 6th inning as Brandon Shelton and Tyrell Anderson both scored off of a double hit by Hunter Collins. Collins then made it home himself, earning The Lions last run of the game, as Ian Mustard hit a single through the middle, building The Lions lead to 12-3.
Oakley Billingsley (Westport, IN / South Decatur) took over the mound in the 6th inning. Billingsley would face 13 batters while pitching 2.2 innings, letting 3 Scots to score while giving up 2 hits. Billingsley would strike out 3 batters during his time on the mound for The Lions.
The remainder of the game The Lions would go scoreless, as the Scots would add 6 more runs to their score. Three Scots would make it across home plate during the bottom of the 8th inning before Josh Kaiser (Montgomery, OH / Sycamore) would replace Billingsley on the mound. Kaiser would pitch 0.2 innings, allowing the last three Scots to score in the bottom of the 9th inning. Lukas Palmieri (Fairfield, OH / Fairfield) would enter the game in the 9th inning, only letting the Scots record one hit before earning his first career save and earning The Lions their only win of the weekend as they defeated the Scots 12-9.
Nathan Renner (Pleasant Prairie, WI / Tramper) would go to the mound to start off the game for The Lions and would pitch 1.2 innings. Unfortunately, the Scots found a way to get 8 hits and 8 runs off of Renner before he would retire to the dugout. The Lions were able to strike first and earn a run in the top of the 1st inning when Tyrell Anderson was able to single up the middle and drive in Simon Schaefer to take the lead. Maryville would come back in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game back up. The Scots had a big inning in the bottom of the 2nd when they were able to push across 7 runs before The Lions could put a stop to the damage.
The Mount would bring in Zack Bell (Hamilton, OH / Hamilton) to take over on the hill to finish out the game. Bell pitched 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. In the top of the 3rd The Lions would try to close the gap as Anderson would reach on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded giving Ryne Poli the opportunity to cross the plate. Maryville would make small improvements to their lead during the next two innings earning 3 more runs.
The Mount had the last word in the game but the 2 runs weren't enough to regain the lead. In the top of the 7th Jose Bustamante would take 4 balls and push his teammates around the diamond earning an RBI when Trey Siciliano (Cape Coral, FL / Oasis) reached home. Anderson would reach first on a fielding error by the Scots shortstop and Poli would be the last Lion to make it home. The game finished with The Mount falling to the Scots 11-4 and losing the series 2-1.
The Lions will be back in action on Tuesday, March 26 at 5PM as they take on the Cardinals of Otterbein University at the Midland Baseball Complex in Batavia, OH. Continue to check MSJSports.com for more updates to the 2019 season!