OWENSBORO, KY -- The Railsplitters used a couple of solid, team efforts on the mound to secure a nonconference sweep over the Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan College on Tuesday afternoon in Owensboro, Kentucky. LMU took a 5-1 victory in the opener and held on late to win the finale by a score of 2-1.
Lincoln Memorial University moves to 21-25 on the season with the sweep. The Panthers fall to 13-17 overall.
Lincoln Memorial-5, Kentucky Wesleyan-1
The Railsplitters broke the game open with a three-run burst in the top of the sixth while three LMU pitchers combined to limit the Panthers to a run and four hits en route to a 5-1 victory.
Andy Fennell (1-8) picked up the win in the start for the Railsplitters, as he tossed three innings, allowing only one hit and no runs. Seth Woods and Robert Stegbauer combined for four innings down the stretch, surrendering three hits and a run.
Chaz Simpson (0-3) was saddled with the loss after five innings of two-run, three-hit ball.
The Railsplitters were led offensively by a couple of hits from Curt Fuqua and Cody Baker. Fuqua also notched two RBIs and a run in the contest. Joseph Horsley's impact was felt despite not recording a hit in the game as he walked twice and stole three bases.
LMU opened up by taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Cody Baker set the stage with a one-out double and Fuqua capitalized with a single in the next at-bat to put the Railsplitters on top.
The Panthers mounted a small rally in the bottom of the second as Mark Hagedorn led off with a double. Hagedorn advanced to third with two outs before a groundout killed the rally as the Railsplitters held sway.
The top of the third saw the Railsplitters rally for another run to extend their lead. Nick Morabito walked to lead the way and moved to second on a passed ball. Scott Miller's sacrifice bunt moved Morabito to third where he was driven home by Joseph Horsley's groundout.
The Panthers were held hitless in the third, fourth and fifth frames, opening the door for the Railsplitters to take complete command of the board in the top of the sixth. Horsley was the catalyst for that inning as he led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on Cody Baker's single. Baker was quickly sent home, as Curt Fuqua pounded a triple. Fuqua notched the final run of the inning as he scored on a bunt-single from Nick Pressley in the next at-bat.
Three singles for Kentucky Wesleyan in the bottom of the sixth culminated in a run for the Panthers, cutting the Railsplitters' advantage to 5-1 after six innings. Davey Murphy notched that RBI-single in the frame.
The Panthers would record three consecutive groundouts in the bottom of the seventh as the Railsplitters cruised to a 5-1 victory in the opener.
Lincoln Memorial-2, Kentucky Wesleyan-1
Despite mounting only three hits to ten for the Panthers, the Railsplitters rallied for two runs in the top of the fourth and held on for a 2-1 win in the finale.
Chris McCarter (4-3) picked up the win for LMU after tossing three innings, allowing no runs and four hits. Justin King and Patrick Morris came on in relief to hold down the stretch. Morris grabbed the save after an inning and two-thirds surrendering no runs or hits.
Tyler Emberton (2-1) was saddled with the loss despite allowing no hits in his outing. He walked five which aided the Railsplitters in their two-run forth.
Curt Fuqua, John Saylor and Brandon Morris notched the three hits in the contest for LMU with Saylor grabbing the lone RBI. Jordan White led the Panthers with three hits in the affair.
The first three innings went quietly as the Panthers recording the only hits in those innings with a single in the first and second along with a pair of singles in the third. All for nought as the Railsplitters limited the damage in each of those frames and kept the game scoreless after three.
In the top of the fourth, the Railsplitters broke onto the scoreboard with a couple of runs on only a single hit. Curt Fuqua led off with a walk and Andre Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. Nick Pressley moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt. From there, a balk forced home Fuqua and moved
Rodriguez to third. Another walk issued to Gelson Perez opened the door for John Saylor's RBI-single. That would be all the Railsplitters mounted as they assumed a 2-0 lead.
Each team went down with only a single to their credit in the fourth frame but the Panthers got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Three consecutive two-out singles led to a run as Jon Wandling put the finishing touches on the rally with his RBI-single.
Trailing 2-1, the Panthers put the tying-run on third as Tyler Edge led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a wild pitch. LMU held as Patrick Morris forced a groundout and a fly out to pick up the 2-1 win and the sweep.
The Railsplitters will be back in action on April 13th, as they host Catawba College for the final series of the regular season. LMU will look to make a push into the SAC Tournament as they currently sit on the outside. Game one is set for a 4 p.m. start at Lamar Hennon Field.