CMU Baseball Loses First Game to Culver-Stockton, Ties Second
CANTON, MO -- The Central Methodist baseball team lost the first game of a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader against Culver-Stockton 3-2 before the second game ended in a 5-5 tie and was suspended due to darkness after both teams played 14 innings.
The Eagles (22-20-1, 14-11-1 HAAC) end the regular season in second place in the Eastern Division heading into the conference tournament, while the Wildcats (16-31-1, 9-16-1 HAAC) placed fourth in the division and conclude their season.
Central Methodist trailed the first game 2-0 until the top of the fifth inning. Vincent Steele doubled to left center, scoring Kyle Poynter for the visitor's first run of the game. Two batters later, Daniel Peters RBI single to center field tied the game.
However, Culver-Stockton answered with the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly.
James Coon picked up the win with a complete game on the mound. He allowed two earned runs on nine hits.
Aaron Schuster (1-1) dropped the decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in two innings out of the bullpen.
The Eagles took a 5-4 upper hand in game two with three runs in the top of the fifth inning and two in the sixth. Matt Gessner's two-run single to center in the fifth plated Eli Bowers and Doyle Bohr. Dustin Ray also scored on the play due to an error. A Bohr triple in the next inning scored Poynter and Steele to give Central Methodist a one-run lead.
After the Wildcats scored a tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a wild pitch, both teams were unable to score another run in extra innings.