Lyon Baseball Remains Perfect in AMC Action With Sweep

Courtesy Lyon College Athletics Department

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Lyon College baseball team has already scored 241 runs after 32 games (7.5 avg.) this season. With steady pitching and a 24-hit attack on Saturday afternoon, the Scots kept a solid grip on first place in the American Midwest Conference standings as they swept their third straight four-game league series with a 10-1, 16-6 pounding of Harris-Stowe State University at Hornets Baseball Field.

Lyon (27-5) stretched its current winning streak to 14 games as the Scots stayed perfect in AMC action with a spotless 12-0 mark. Lyon, which has recorded wins in 19 of its last 21 games, kept a 1.5-game conference lead over second-place Missouri Baptist University (15-5, 9-0 AMC), who swept William Woods University (9-11, 5-5 AMC), 4-2, 6-2.

Hannibal-LaGrange University (10-11) and William Woods (9-11) are both tied for third place in the league, six games off the Scots’ pace with identical 5-5 conference marks. Benedictine University at Springfield (Ill.) (7-10) stands in fifth place at 4-4.

The Scots will be in non-conference action on Tuesday, hosting Henderson State University (16-12) in a nine-inning game, which begins at 2 p.m. Lyon will return to AMC action this weekend, hosting Williams Baptist College (8-21, 3-6 AMC) in a four-game set Friday (1 p.m.) and Saturday (12 p.m.).

Lyon College 10, Harris-Stowe 1 (Game 1)

Lyon junior hurler Ben Neyen, who ranks 46th in the nation in the NAIA by holding opponents’ batting averages to .195, improved his season mark to 5-2 and won his third straight decision by throwing a five-hitter in the Scots’ 10-1 victory in Game 1.

Neyen went the distance on the hill, allowing one earned run, while fanning 10 and walking just two.

Danny Chambliss (0-3) took the loss for the Hornets (1-20, 0-8 AMC). He lasted five frames, giving up eight earned runs (9 total) on 11 hits, with a pair of strikeouts and four walks.

Lyon outhit HSSU 12-5, as the Scots did not commit an error, while taking advantage of five by the Hornets. Lyon College senior rightfielder Henry Castaigne paced the attack with a 3-for-4 effort, with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. He also stole a base.

Lyon junior shortstop Will Lindsey was a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish, drawing a walk, while pushing in a pair of runs and scoring one. Senior third baseman Colby Rogers was 2-for-3, with a double, three runs batted in, another scored and a walk. Freshman catcher Blake Rogers also had multiple hits, producing a 2-for-4 effort, with an RBI.

Scot freshman leftfielder Kris Kohlstedt singled and walk, while scoring a run and pushing in another in three at-bats, senior designated hitter Jim Gossett went 1-for-4 and senior centerfielder Caleb Durant went 1-for-4.

Javier Martinez led Harris-Stowe at the dish with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in a run.

After a scoreless first inning, Lyon took a 1-0 lead in the second frame and added five in the third and three more in the fifth to build a 9-0 lead, before coasting to the victory.

Lyon College 16, Harris-State 6 (Game 2)

The Scots continued to be on the offensive in Game 2, outhitting the Hornets 12-10, as Castaigne drove in seven runs, with a triple and a double, while finishing 3-for-5 and scoring a run in an eight-inning 16-6 win.

Three other Lyon players produced a pair of hits in the contest. Colby Rogers went 2-for-4, with a double, a walk, three runs driven in and three more scored, Kohlstedt produced a 2-for-6 effort, with three runs scored, and junior shortstop Mark Armenteros went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Sophomore catcher Nathan Gutierrez doubled, walked and scored a run for the Scots, junior leftfielder Wesley Roberson drew a pair of walks in a 1-for-2 effort at the plate, with four runs scored and another driven in and a stolen base. Senior Bryan Lynn accounted for the other Lyon hit, pushing two runs across the dish and scoring a run. Durant also scored.

Logan Peters had a perfect 4-for-4 game for HSSU, connecting with a double, while driving in four runs and scoring once.

Junior Brenden Camp, senior Kyle Matthews and junior John Almogabar all worked on the hill for Lyon and took part in the win. Camp improved his season mark to 4-1 in a starting role, working 5.2 innings, while allowing five earned runs (6 total) on nine hits, with a pair of strikeouts and three walks. Matthews worked 1.1 frames, only giving up one hit. Almogabar pitched the final three outs without allowing a hit.

Joe Maassen (0-3) took the loss for Harris-Stowe. In six innings he surrendered seven earned runs (10 total) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

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