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Baseball - Fri, Mar. 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS – [GAME 1 BOX] [GAME 2 BOX] Down by a pair heading in the bottom of the seventh in a game scheduled for seven, Missouri Baptist found itself in a position to either call it a day, or dig in. Tommy Nawa hit a solo homerun to electrify the dugout spurring an extra inning winner in a 4-3 comeback. The Spartans followed its opening act up with a 4-2 win to seal the series victory over Harris-Stowe, 4-2.

Missouri Baptist (16-9, 9-4 AMC) entered Friday's doubleheader needing a series win after having already dropped two this season. With a talented, 17-win Harris-Stowe (Mo.) team heading to West County, it was clear it was going to be a battle. The American Midwest Conference tabbed this as the Series of the Week, and thus far, has lived up to expectations.

Mike Syrett got the not on the hill in game one and allowed an early run in the top of the first. Tony Montano singled with one out and made it to third on a double by Hornet's slugger Dylan Yankle. A ground out to second by Leobardo Saldivar Jr. batted the run across the plate to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Aaron Collazo needed just one pitch to tie it.

The Spartan second baseman and went up hacking on the first pitch of the day for Hornet starter Stephen Wells. Collazo crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1. Harris-Stowe added two runs in the third thanks in large part to a three-hit inning, capped off by a Jared Corbett two-RBI single to put Missouri Baptist into a 3-1 hole. The Spartans didn't answer until the seventh.

Missouri Baptist entered the bottom of the seventh down by a pair before catcher Tommy Nawa erased the fears with one swing. Nawa drove a 1-0 pitch from Wells over the wall in left-center and made it a 3-2 game. The home run seemed to spur the offense.

Dillon Harp pinch-hit for Justin Ortiz and did his job, drawing the walk, before the Hornet starter was pulled in favor of David Flores. The submarine pitcher allowed a sacrifice bunt and a walk to Culver Plant before Drew Kitson came to the plate. The Spartan center fielder singled to drive in the tying run and sent the game to extras.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, Tyler Boles walked Tommy Nawa and Justin Ortiz before Kyle Keck came to the plate. The left fielder drove a pitch to the wall in right field, which scored courtesy runner Angel Cruz from second, and won the game for the Spartans.

Game two came down to one big inning for Missouri Baptist and a pair of errors by the Hornets. Harris-Stowe committed two errors in a nightmarish third inning, which helped the Spartans to plate two of their four runs in the frame.

Pat Boyle put his 2-2 record on the line against Jordan Dreibelbis, and it was the lanky Spartan southpaw that came out on top. Boyle went six innings and allowed two runs, one earned with seven strikeouts to put the game away. Nick Vichio came on in the seventh and allowed just one hit to earn his fourth save of the season.

With the two wins, the Spartans moved ahead of the Hornets into fourth place in the American Midwest Conference with a 9-4 record. The Spartans currently have the second most wins in the AMC with nine and can tie Columbia College for the most wins with a win on Saturday.

The series finale is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday as Donnie Lovelady will be the expected starter.