Central Oklahoma rally ends MSSU’s time in MIAA tournament

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JOPLIN, Mo. — The Missouri Southern baseball team had a big seventh inning, complete with a grand slam, but it wasn’t enough. Central Oklahoma came back with a big inning of their own in the eighth to defeat Southern 11-7.

After the Lions loaded the bases in the seventh, Ryan Hunter unloaded them with a grand slam to put the Lions up 6-3. Jordan Fitzpatrick then added his second homer of the game to make the score 7-3.

The Bronchos responded, answering Southern’s five run inning with a seven-run inning in the eighth and added a run in the ninth to put the game away.

The Lions will now wait until the NCAA Division 2 regional field is announced next Sunday, May 23 to see if they have made the field.

Southern has been ranked in each of the first two regional rankings this year.

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