Sauget, Ill. - The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx (24-11) swept its double header against #6 Missouri Baptist (33-9) by scores of 8-3 and 4-3 in ten innings. Forsythe had four hits on the day, including a walk off single in the tenth inning scoring Bret Storm from second base.
GAME ONE: LINDENWOOD-BELLEVILLE 8, MISSOURI BAPTIST 3
Mike Wuelling (2-3) threw a complete game allowing just three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four. After allowing two runs in the second inning, Wuelling settled down and held the Spartans scoreless the next four innings en route to an 8-3 victory.
The Lynx jumped to an early lead in the first inning when Forsythe singled and Anello reached on a hit by pitch. Dylan Skinner picked up the first RBI of the day for the Lynx with a single to center, scoring Forsythe. Mirek Sharp doubled in Anello and was followed by a Jake Degener groundout, scoring Skinner to put the Lynx up 3-0.
The Spartans struck back for two runs in the second when Orlando Olivera led off the inning with a single. Eli Roundtree and Brent Zimmerman recorded back to back singles to load the bases for the Spartans. Joseph Stropp picked up the big hit, knocking a single to left, scoring Olivera and Roundtree and cutting the Lynx lead to 3-2.
After Bret Storm led off the bottom of the second with a walk, Sean Keeney hit his first homerun of the season, increasing the Lynx lead back to three.
Sharp delivered a two RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Forsythe and Anello. This made the score 8-2 and gave Wuelling even a little more of a cushion to work with. After loading the bases with two outs, Wuelling was able to induce Josh Fuentes to ground out to third to end the game, securing Lindenwood-Belleville's first win over a top 10 team in program history.
The Lynx tallied 14 hits in the game from seven different players. Keeney and Degener both had three hits apiece while Sharp led the way with three runs batted in.
GAME TWO: LINDENWOOD-BELLEVILLE 4, MISSOURI BAPTIST 3
Missouri Baptist leadoff man Brent Zimmerman got the Spartans going early with a homerun to start the game off starter Dylan Arvai. After that, Arvai settled in and would not allow another run until the sixth inning. He went eight innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out six but finished with a no decision.
The Lynx tied the game in the bottom of the second when Sharp singled to right-center and Degener walked to put runners on first and second. After Trey Meier was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Chance Berry hit a groundball, allowing Sharp to score on what would be a fielder's choice.
The Lynx took the lead in the third when Anello led off with a double and advanced to third on a Skinner single. Sharp picked up another RBI, driving in Anello with a single to right-center. Meier tallied his first RBI of the day, driving in Skinner with a fielder's choice to the shortstop. This put the Lynx up 3-1, and that lead would hold until the sixth when Roundtree tied the game with a two-run homerun off Arvai.
The score remained 3-3 as Missouri Baptist pitcher Carl Jameson threw five scoreless innings in relief, striking out six.. The Lynx finally got to Michael Murano in the tenth inning when Drew Fair singled with one out. Bret Storm pinch ran before Christian Cavaness singled to left, putting runners on first and second. With two-outs and a full count, both Cavaness and Storm broke on the pitch when Forsythe was able to hit an infield single and Storm came around to score for the walk off win.
Head Coach Logan Johnson said this about the win, "Today was going to be a great test to see how well we could play. Game one we really swung the bats well and Mike Wuelling threw a ton of strikes. Game two was a grind and we had a lot of chances. It's just great to get two wins against a very good Missouri Baptist team. The walk off is an exciting end to a great day of baseball for our program."
The win marked the first time Lindenwood-Belleville beat a top 10 ranked NAIA team in the history of the program.
Sharp tallied four hits in the nightcap while Forsythe and Degener each had two hits apiece.
The Lynx are back in action on Friday, April 18th when they travel to Victory University for a four game series. They will play a double header Friday starting at 4:00 pm.