OXFORD, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph University baseball team took on the Quakers of Earlham College in a conference matchup on Tuesday. The game took place at McKie Field at Hayden Park as a neutral site game. The Lions were unsuccessful in bringing runs in as they dropped game one 9-0. Game two was in The Lions favor for most of the time until the Quakers made up some runs and defeated The Lions 10-9, resulting in The Lions getting swept.
GAME ONE | Mount St. Joseph University 0 - Earlham College 9
Freshman pitcher Zack Bell (Hamilton,Ohio/Hamilton) got things started on the mound for The Lions in game one versus the Quakers. Bell pitched 5.0 innings for The Mount, allowing eight runs off 11 hits. He faced 32 batters during his time on the mound and was able to strike out 2.
The Quakers got things started quick as they scored one run in the top of the 1st inning, taking an early 1-0 lead. The Lions would go scoreless throughout the game, as they were unable to get anyone into decent scoring position as Earlham continued to build their lead. The Quakers would bring in a total of seven runs between the 3rd and 4th innings, building their lead to 8-0 over The Lions. Brady Jones (Augusta,Ky/Bracken County) took over in the 6th inning. He would face 15 batters, giving up one run off of four hits and striking out four Quakers while pitching 3.0 innings. They would score one more run in the 9th inning before Jones would get relieved by Lukas Palmieri (Fairfield,Ohio/Fairfield). Palmieri would allow 0 hits while striking out one batter. The Lions would ultimately lose game one 9-0 to the Quakers.
GAME TWO | Mount St. Joseph University 9 - Earlham College 10
Game two of the day would see The Lions come out from the start very offensively. Sophomore Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati,Ohio/La Salle) pitched 5.2 innings for The Lions, relinquishing six runs off of 10 hits, while striking out three of the 29 Quakers he faced.
Earlham was up to bat first, brining in one run in the 1st inning before The Lions stepped up to bat. Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati,Ohio/Western Hills) got this started for The Lions on the offensive side, hitting a single up the middle to bring in Ryne Poli (Cincinnati,Ohio/Elder) as The Lions first run of the day. Simon Schaefer (Cincinnati,Ohio/St. Xavier) would then score on a wild pitch. Garrett Hogan (Hamilton,Ohio/Badin) would then make it on base on a fielder's choice, getting an RBI as Tyrell Anderson would score the final run of the inning, making The Lions lead over the Quakers 3-1.
The Mount would allow the Quakers to add another run to their total in the 2nd inning while The Lions would have another inning of multiple runs to help build their lead. Ryne Poli would make it home from a throwing error by the Quakers 3rd basemen. Brandon Shelton (Cincinnati,Ohio/Northwest) would hit a double to left field, bringing in both Roman Rothwell (Monroe,Ohio/Monroe) and Simon Schaefer, building The Lions lead to 6-2. Brandon Shelton would then make it home before the inning ended as Jose Bustamante (Austell,Ga/South Cobb) reached on a fielding error. At the end of the 2nd inning The Lions lead the Quakers 7-2.
The Quakers would get a trio of runs in the third, as The Mount would go scoreless. The Lions would still lead the Quakers 7-5, as both teams would go scoreless through the 4th and 5th innings. The Lions would send Nathan Renner(Pleasant Prairie,Wis./Tremper) to the mound during the 6th inning. Renner would strike out one Quaker and give up two runs during his time on the mound. The Quakers would get a run in and come within one during the 6th inning, making the score 7-6 in favor of The Lions.
Both teams would bring in a duo of runs during the 7th inning. Wyatt Myers (Waynesville,Ohio/Waynesville) would take over the mound during the 7th inning, allowing 0 runs during his 1.0 innings. Jose Bustamante made it home from a throwing error by the Quakers pitcher after Garrett Hogan hit a single, Brandon Shelton would also make it home on the same play. At the end of the 7th The Lions would lead 9-8 over the Quakers.
Brandon Shelton would make the move to the pitcher's mound in the top of the 8th inning and pitch the final 2 innings for The Lions. He would allow the Quakers two runs off of one hit, as the Quakers would take the lead during the 8th inning. The Lions would go scoreless through the 8th and 9th inning, as they were unable to keep their lead and lost to the Quakers by a final score of 10-9.
The Lions next games will take place on Friday, April 19th as they take on Manchester University in a conference double header. The games will take place at Marge Schott Stadium at the University of Cincinnati, game one will begin at 12PM with game two scheduled to begin at 3:30PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019 season.