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Baseball - Fri, Apr. 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri Baptist's Bunk Coronado took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of game one, giving up two hits in the game as the team went on to a 9-1, 6-1 sweep of Hannibal LaGrange on Friday.

Missouri Baptist (29-16) began the cold, windy day with hot bats. The Spartans generated nine runs with consistent hitting from Patrick Johnson, Todd Glime and Joe Riley, all leading the charge.

The game was scoreless as both pitchers seemed to find an early groove. Missouri Baptist, however, quickly turned the game on its head. The Spartans posted five runs in the third inning, assisted by three Hannibal LaGrange errors. Johnson began the hit parade with a single and moved to second on a balk by Trojan pitcher, Luke Davis.

Ryan Barban came to the plate next for MBU and drove in the first run of the day with a double to right center. Kyle Hardy and Joe Riley also added RBI in the inning en route to the victory.

Coronado was brilliant through seven. The senior surrendered his first hit, a solo homerun by Ian Sikes, which broke-up the no hit bid with one out in the seventh inning.

Game two started with a quick Spartan run, all started by shortstop, Patrick Johnson. The Missouri Baptist leadoff hitter singled to left and scored on a Kyle Turner RBI single to right-center to give his team a 1-0 lead. Hannibal LaGrange answered in the second on an RBI single by Harrison Broadstreet to tie the game at one.

Just when it looked like the game would be much tighter in the second game, Scott Krutel and Todd Glime hit solo blasts to give Missouri Baptist a 4-2 lead. Krutel unloaded on a 1-2 delivery to the tune of about 400 feet to left-center. Two batters later, Glime did nearly the same thing. The Spartan catcher gave a 1-1 pitch a ride out of the ball park in left-center to extend the lead to two runs.

Missouri Baptist added another three runs in the sixth, but did not need them. Starting pitcher David Williams looked very good in his outing, throwing a complete-game, four-hitter to help the Spartans sweep the Trojans on the day.

With the victories, Missouri Baptist captured the American Midwest Conference title for 2012 and secured the top seed in next weekend's AMC Tournament held in Springfield, Ill.

Tomorrow, the team will celebrate senior day as 10 Spartans prepare to graduate. Pre-game ceremonies are slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. and first pitch will be at 12:00 p.m.

 
 
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