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ST. LOUIS – [GAME 1 BOX][GAME 2 BOX] Missouri Baptist found its big-run offense yet again on Tuesday against Campbellsville (Ky.) After notching a 12-8 win in game one, the Spartans jumped-out to a 7-0 lead and grabbed the doubleheader sweep against the Tigers, 11-4.
Missouri Baptist (33-11, 22-5 AMC) put together a big doubleheader against one of the top teams in the nation on Tuesday. The Spartans cashed-in 12 times after a push in the top of the fifth where Campbellsville pushed four runs across the plate to tie the game at seven. The Spartans, however, outscored the Tigers 5-1 in the final two innings to grab the win.
The Spartans took an early lead in the bottom of the first thanks in large part to Drew Kitson. The Missouri Baptist center fielder hit an RBI double to score Aaron Collazo and made it 1-0. Kitson hit three doubles in the game, coming on his first three at-bats.
Missouri Baptist continued to post runs throughout game one as the team plated at least a run in every inning. After grabbing a 7-3 advantage after four innings, Campbellsville responded with a big inning of its own. Three hits in the inning, one each for Matt Valdez, Carlos Garmendia and Marlor Villafana, combined with a sacrifice fly from Hunter Christensen, tied the game at seven.
The Spartan bats went back to work, however, and sealed the deal with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and grabbed the team's 32nd win of the year.
ed to 2-2 on the year. DJ Wilson picked-up the loss for the Tigers and dropped to 4-2 on the season.
Game two continued in the Spartan's favor as the bats were alive from the get-go. Aaron Collazo homered in the first inning to get things started for the home team, but it was the second inning that put a stamp on the game for the Spartans. Drew Kitson put a three-run home run over the wall in right-center to make it a 7-0 game.
Dexter Cline got hung with the loss in game two after getting the start. The senior lefty was stung by an error David Montoya on a ground ball to second with two outs. The error allowed the six-run outburst by the Spartans, which set the tone.
Anthony Cosme grabbed the win in the second game of the twin bill. The native of Manati, Puerto Rico struck-out five batters in four innings pitched.
With the wins, the Spartans improved to 33-11 overall on the year. Just before game two started, the NAIA released the new Top 25 Poll, and Missouri Baptist had the biggest jump in the nation this week. After spending last week at No. 22, the team jumped 12 spots to No. 10, its highest position this season since beginning the year ranked No. 9 in the Preseason Poll.